Going through some peoples blogs/tumblr’s i couldnt help but notice how everyone has different options when it comes to hypos and the choice of hypo food they have to treat it!
Iv recently been asked what food I have to treat my hypos
I obviously have my quick acting sugar so either a table spoon of raw sugar. ( and if its a bad hypo a glass of juice) When i was first diagnosed i use to only have 6-8 jelly beans but as time went on i think my body got use to it and needed much more sugar!
Then as my carbohydrate to sustain me id normally have either a muesli-bar, a sandwich, a little tub of yogurt, or a biscuit. ( even though i could probably eat every piece of food in sight ! )
Iv noticed at the time of my hypo all i want to do is shove everything in my fridge in my face but after it I REGRET IT so bad if i eat so much because i can feel it all turning in my stomach, so i try keep it as minimal as possible ! And dont overdose on sugar as my blood sky rockets afterwards!
I just saw your response to my question about the conversion of mmol/L to mg/dl readings! So, your readings show up to be mmol/L (good readings I believe are 4-8?). So say you had a reading of 4.7, for example. To get a reading as mine would show (mg/dl) you would take your reading of 4.7 (mmol/L) and multiply that by 18 to get 85 (mg/dl)!(: So, for me to convert my reading into mmol/L I'd simply do the opposite and divide by 18! -I really hope that was understandable! I'm happy to help! -Rachel
Thankyou so much! Thats such a easier way to understand it! so simple now!
Ok so this is confusing ! I was trying to figure out how overseas BGL readings are different to over here in Australia !
So i came across this article on a website:
“In America and some other countries blood/glucose is measured as mg/dl — milligrams per decilitre rather than mmol/L — millimole per litre. They are both a measure of the concentration of glucose in the blood but are just expressed differently.To obtain a conversion a factor of 18 should be used. For example to convert 135 mg/dl to mmol/L divide the 135 by 18 which will give a converted reading of 7.5 mmol/L. The converse example to convert 6.5 mmol/L to mg/dl multiply the 6.5 by 18 which will give a converted reading of 117 mg/dl. Normal readings will range from 72-144 mg/dl and 4-8 mmol/L.”
& confused me even more !!
If anyone knows how to explain it better please let me know !
Its so beyond annoying when people who DO NOT have diabetes, or know anything about it have so much to say about the illness, its so easy for people to talk but if they were in mine ( or any other diabetics shoes) im sure they wouldnt be thinking in the same way.
” You just take shots”
" You only have to check your blood "
" You ate to much sugar now you have diabetes"
" Stop making a big deal out of it"
" Thats disgusting having a needle in you constantly"
the one that gets me most is “you should be happy its not worse"
THEY should be happy they dont have to live with it or deal with diabetes, yes i am grateful its not anything MORE worse, but its still a illness & it still sucks !!
Just as we speak im doing a correction on my insulin pump, my blood was 23.7 ( this gets tricky im not sure if your from overseas America or what not but in Australia i know we have different calculations in blood sugar levels)
But this high blood could be from the reason from i just had a very yum sugary cake and didnt bolus enough! Woops !
How old were you when you were diagnosed? And/or how old is your diabetes now? I was 13 years old, and my diabetes is 6 years old.
What was your first reaction to your diagnosis? A little scared as i had no clue what it was & confused.
Have you ever been to diabetes camp/events? Have you made any friends that way? No, im not really a out there kind of girl & going on them camps didn’t really appeal to me that much. Not to say that they wernt fun & helpful of course :)
Do you know any other diabetics? (both online and IRL) Yes i do !
Pump, shots, or something else? Why? What meter/pump do you use? Insulin pump - medtronic miniMed with the larger reservoir as it last longer. & the optium Xceed meter.
Do you advertise it or try to hide it? Any reason why? Neither, it doesnt worry me who knows it but im not out there advertising it, its apart of me and iv had it for a while now so i dont really pay attention in public when displaying it.
What’s your favorite diabetic book/movie? I havnt really seen any movies on it, but i get a monthly subscription to diabetic mags
Did you have to make any major lifestyle changes when you were diagnosed? Yes alot, from eatting habits, to blood checking, to carb counting injections & MORE!
Have you ever traveled far away with it? What was that like? No i havnt, curious as to though .
What was your scariest diabetes moment? Going on a long trip & forgetting to take a spare injection & insulin bottle incase my pump fails!
What’s your record for highs/lows? High - 37.8 Low- 1.5
How’s your relationship with your endocrinologist? Really well, shes very understanding and straight to the point!
What’s your favorite diabetes joke? Havnt herd one yet !!
Have you ever gotten in trouble for doing something diabetes-related that someone didn’t think was allowed? (Bolusing in class, blood sugar test in a meeting, eating at work, etc) Teachers at school would mistake my blood meter for a phone! Once in my VCE exam this happend, after explaining and showing the letter from my doctor it was all good!
What’s your favorite oh-gosh-my-diabetes-hate-me-for-eating-this food? Anything with a LOAD of sugar i love baking cakes with ice-ing sugar cream ect! Sorry diabetes!
Do you own/use any diabetic cookbooks? I own alot but havnt opend one to date!
Has being diabetic gotten you any privileges? (scholarships, special treatment, etc) Leaving school early, oh and when my bloods high and im snappy at family or my bf it comes to a good excuse !
What advice would you give a newly-diagnosed diabetic? At the start it may seem endless and difficult, but keep your head up! Its not the end of the world, take in as much as possible learn from your mistakes, and grow from it and take control! Trust me i know its hard at times but theres always a rainbow after the storm! Just got to keep going forward check your blood regularly, go to your doctor appointments, and live your life the same as you always wanted.
What’s your best diabetes moment? Inserting a pump cannula & knowing you dont have to change it for 3-4 days!
Just want to let yous all in on a little insight of myself.
Im a normal 19 year old girl, from Melbourne/Australia.
On my 13th birthday i decided to get hit with some news that would change my “Life Style” forever.
Just after celebrating my 13th birthday i was taken to hospital. with symptoms of :
Drinking ALOT of water ( Being excessively thirsty )
Tired/ No energy
Yeep all the OBVIOUS symptoms of type 1 diabetes.
At this time being the age i was and having no history of it in my family i had NO idea that these signs were related to the illness.
After a week in hospital & being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, i was delt to deal with countless blood tests, learning everything to know about
and all the ins and outs to it, it was very over-whelming, but i am lucky to have such a GREAT family that stayed by my side the whole time & learnt with me! It was so helpful we all worked as a team untill i got use to it.
When i got out of hospital and back at home, everything was the same i got so comfortable with it all…
Untill i had to go school, now all my friends were fantastic and understood never made me feel like i was different ( because i wasnt ) but i still felt a little out of zone, when i had to leave the class room because of a injection or low blood, or even at lunch time the looks id receive from the other students, which was understandable of course, people are curious. It was hard enough just starting high school now having to deal with this in my first year of it.
But it got easy and as time went on so did I.
Iv had diabetes 6 years going on 7 now. I ALWAYS go to my 3 month check ups for my HB1C & to make sure im track. I’m currently on the insulin pump, & as much as i love it, i hate it aswell, it can be annoying at times. But for me and my lifestyle its fits alright!
Anyway i thought id make a blog & my journey with diabetes!
Please feel free to inbox me, email me anytime with anything as i will reply asap :)