October DSMA Blog Carnival

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The October DSMA Blog Carnival prompt is the following:

Type 1, Type 2, LADA, Gestational, diabetes brought on by surgery . . . . the list of types of diabetes goes on.  Each type may have differences, but ultimately they are all diabetes.  When we think about it, there is a whole lot that all types have in common.  However, that doesn’t mean we can’t give credit for some differences too.  So lets look back to our “Breaking down the barriers between types” chat on September 10th and discuss . . . . .

Anything easy about living with your type of diabetes that isn’t easy for another type?

I’m actually going to make this post a pretty short and sweet entry because I’m finding it harder and harder to find time for blog entries as I’m approaching labor day (less than 3 weeks to go!!).  I missed the DSMA chat from September 10th because I was taking a childbirth class that night but I think that was a great topic and I’m sorry I missed it.

What about living with Type 1 is easier than other types?  For me, I instantly thought of food! I’m not sure if all Type 1’s agree but I find that I can eat whatever I want (well within reason) and as long as I cover the meal with insulin, my blood sugar does OK.  This isn’t always the case but most of the time, I can eat anything and have my blood sugars stay in a reasonable range thanks to my insulin.

Now, I’m not an expert on other types of diabetes, like Gestational or Type 2 but I believe that they have to be a little more careful with their food choices.  From my understanding Type 2s usually control their blood sugar with diet and pills.  Some might also take insulin but I believe they are in the minority.  My father-in-law is a Type 2 diabetic and I know he worked hard after his diagnosis to eat the proper diet and as a result, his blood sugars improved dramatically.

However, taking insulin to cover my carbs isn’t always easy.  Sometimes, I completely miscalculate my carbs and my blood sugar goes crazy or I will eat too many carbs and I will feel guilty later if my blood sugar goes high as a result.  Having to take insulin to cover carbs is also not very fun but I am glad that I don’t have to constrict my diet too much.  Some Type 1’s do constrict their carb intake which helps their control but I’m not really a low-carb person even though I try to be good.  I will typically eat between 200-250 carbs per day.  Thanks to insulin, I can eat that many carbs and still have good blood sugar control.

Sweet Frog yogurt

Yes, I eat this 🙂 Yumm

This post is my October entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2014/10/october-dsma-blog-carnival-4

6 thoughts on “October DSMA Blog Carnival

  1. I just checked my pump (I’ve only had my current one for 29 days) for my average carbs per day and it’s 96, so I eat what I’d consider medium-carb. I think, as you and others have pointed out, the freedom to bolus for carbs, instead of controlling with diet, is one thing that makes Type 1 easier to deal with than other types. But I do sometimes, somewhat, attempt to eat low-carb because, for me, it’s easier to stay in range that way. I remember my second endo, whom I saw from the time I was about 18 to about 28, was really critical of everything I did and one day, he was looking at my log book (I used to do MDI so I had a log book; now I count on my pump to remember everything for me!) and asked, kind of incredulously, “You took 7 units for dinner last night? You had 70 grams of carbohydrate?!” [gesturing his hands apart about 20 inches, to indicate either a massive dinner plate or a medium-sized pizza pan]. As though 70 grams would even be impossible or unheard of. Truth be told, I probably had not eaten 70 grams; like you’ve written about yourself, Kelley, I used to be kind of a wild guesser and bad at estimating carbs, and not really educated. I got Type 1 when I was 8, and we still did “exchanges,” not carbohydrate grams. I had a little picture book they gave me at the hospital when I was 8 showing “exchanges,” like “one apple is one exchange” (and I think I was allowed like 20 or 30 exchanges, but it was always changing, as I grew). I never got re-educated so I probably had taken 7 units for a sandwich because I knew how many units I, personally, needed not to go high after eating two pieces of bread, because bread really makes my blood sugar high. Anyway, these days I’m religious about counting carbs and using the Bolus Wizard on my Minimed Revel, and I probably wouldn’t eat 70 grams at dinner, but now that I’m more educated, I also know 70 grams is totally doable and would not be an insane amount of food!

  2. Great post Kelley! I felt the same way. Being able to be more lenient in my diet is a huge plus. I lived for a year thinking I was type to and switching to insulin and being able to expand my diet a bit was one of the few positives to the change in diagnosis.

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