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Hello everyone,

My name is Jenny. I am 25 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes when i was 18. I was told i had diabetes by my pediatrician a few months before i was due to go on my senior trip to Cancun. I did not get any education about my condition since my dad told them that we have a very strong family history. i was given pills and sent on my way. A few years later i was switched to Lantus and Humalog. I will be honest i didn't know much about the disease then and am still struggling to understand how it works. I have been in DKA about 4 or 5 times since then. I never paid attention to my disease as the only thing i got form a conversation with a doctor was that insulin stores the sugar as fat in your body and if you do not take the insulin it will not store any energy (fat). so i didn't take any and i lost a lot of weight, without much effort. I have finally gotten out of that horrible way of living, but have also gained about 30 lbs. now i am in a serious relationship in which we plan to get married and have children, so i am really freaking out about my health and diet for the wedding and so that i can have a healthy pregnancy and children.
Posted about 8 years ago
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There are books out there that can educate you how to do things corectly but truly the only way to conquer diabetes is with knowledge and real life experience. Though this may hard to believe most diabetics ignored their condition until they were forced to deal with it. No biggies because we all were in a state denial until we received a wake up call. Typically, we as patients have to learn educate ourselves and listen our bodies, it takes more just taking a pill or injection to beat this disease.
Posted about 8 years ago
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Hey ladies and welcome to forums!

You mentioned the key here...education. Have either of you met with a diabetes educator? Are you seeing an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist)? Many positive things come from knowledge and the right medical oversight.

What do the others out there feel? This is a very interesting posting and I'm lookng forward to seeing what you/others have to say.

Laurie P. Moderator:kiss:
Posted about 8 years ago
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Its been a couple of years since i have met with a diabetes educator.Currently,I am seeing an Edocronologist rather frequently becaus we are trying to get my hb alc down for 9.3. Its only been lately that i have taken the initiative to watch what i eat, and make sure i exercise regularly.
Posted about 8 years ago
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Hi everyone,
I wonder how many of us, no matter how long we've had diabetes and no matter what type, still feel like we'll magically wake up one day and have it all figured out? I say this because after almost 25 years of Type 1, I'm still learning and still discovering that what works one day might not work the next and that's ok. So I totally agree with you that education is very important; I have a great diabetes educator with whom I meet several times a year and she is wonderful. I also have friends I've made through DiabetesSisters who have really helped with specific areas I'm working on. Jenny, I know the weight gain is super frustrating but if it means you're taking better care of your diabetes, then wonderful. I too had put on about 50 pounds over the past few years (not related to diabetes) and have finally lost about 40 of it because I too want to have kids and be in the best shape I can be. So you can do it! What kind of diet are you following? Is there a kind of exercise you enjoy?
Posted about 8 years ago