Any Type 1 Diabetic bees out there?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Not me but my husband is! I just saw your post on the running thread; we are also runners and he has even done an Ironman since being diagnosed so if you want any advice feel free to PM me! It’s certainly not a death sentence like it may seem and exercise will really help. Educate yourself as much as possible and stay active and healthy!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Our 10 acres of land/woods

Im a type 1 you should get a diabetic recepie book. Super helpful when i run out of ideas (something i can get my non diabetic kids to eat too) also will depend on your nutritionist says is right for you, some ppl will have 4-5 carb exchanges per meal some say its all about serving size not the food. if you need any support feel free to pm me i know how tough it is when your first diagnosed.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

@FutureMrsLodge:  I have been a type 1 diabetic for 32 years. I eat what everyone else eats but I just avoid fast food and foods high in sugar. But my endocronologist and dietician says that a little bit every now and then doesn’t hurt.

The most important thing is to have good control of your blood sugars. This is the key to minimising the chance of complications such as retinopathy. Foods which are low GI are the best for controlling sugars and making you feel full for longer. Things like switching from white bread to soy and linseed bread. Google a list of Low GI foods for the country you live in and this will be helpful to see what choices you have.

The other thing that really improved my BSL was switching to a vegetarian diet full of legumes and vegetables. This meant that I was making meals from scratch rather than using prepackaged mixes/sauces.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m not, but my FI is! 🙂 He’s very responsible, and very healthy. He doesn’t let it rule his life too much, he has to test his blood sugar frequently, but he pretty much eats whatever he wants. We’re not the most creative cooks, but dinner frquently means frozen veggies, a good amount of meat, and a moderate amount of a carb like pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice. He likes low-carb, protein-based snacks, like oeanuts or tuna salad. I’m sorry you have to deal with being diabetic, it’s a huge pain in the ass, but it’ll be okay!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and on an insulin pump, I can pretty much eat what I want (as long as I take the insulin to cover my carbs).  With that being said, I’ve had the best blood sugar numbers (easiest to regulate) when I was following a meal plan that includes higher amounts of protein and carbs that are lower in glycemic index (sweet potatoes, brown rice, Ezekiel bread) and green veggies (spinach, brocolli).  

Example meal plan:

Breakfast:

Protein Shake, 1 slice of Ezekiel bread with 1tbsp of natural peanut butter

Lunch:

4 oz of chicken breast, 1 cup of brocolli, and 1/2 cup sweet potatoes

Dinner:

4 oz lean ground beef, 1 cup of spinach/spring mix, and 1/2 cup of brown rice

Snacks:

Rice cakes with natural PB, greek yogurt

This also helped me lose 5 lbs before the wedding!

Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

@FutureMrsLodge:  You should eat one exchange (15grams of carbohydrates) before starting an hours worth of moderate exercise. This is extra on top of your normal diet. This way you have the extra to burn up. I also assume that you carry some kind of glucose with you when you run?

 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

@FutureMrsLodge:  WHen I know I have sport in the evening I tend to test before i leave work adn eat soemthing then so that by the time I get home or to the sports event my sugars are already ok to play. It is just about finding what works  best for you and it can take time.

Just on pumps- they are not for everyone. I tried it out and as a really active but somewhat clumsy person they weren;t for me. I went back to pens. I was always bumping mine and since I swim nearly everyday it was all in all just a pain in the ass. Not to mention the expense.

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FutureMrsLodge:  Regarding the blood sugar while running, you are right that you should probably be around 100 or highe when you start out. Since you are on injections, the tricky part is that you can’t quickly raise your blood sugar aside from eating. The nice thing about the pump is that you can just unplug it or turn it down (my husband turns it to about 50% when he’s exercising) to combat going low. If you are going below 100 often, you are either over-bolusing or taking too much long-acting insulin. Definitely bring food with you whenever you are out running; probably a phone too in the beginning. 

My husband eats a pretty normal diet; he avoids sweets but he doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth anyway. He will have a donut a few times a year or a cookie at a party, but he doesn’t eat those things normally. We also don’t often have super carb-heavy meals like pasta or pizza, but if we do we try to make sure there is protein with it to slow absorption. He also will do a slow bolus for these types of foods because they tend to make him go high a few hours later.

Do you have a good endocrinologist? You should not have a general practitioner or family doctor manage your diabetes. My husband sees an endocrinologist every 3 months and gets his A1C tested and discusses any issues. A nutritionist and “diabetes educator” would be great as well. You definitely need to talk to a specialist regarding the pregnancy questions. If you have a pump, there is nothing more to “rely on.” You still have control over everything, it just gives you a small amount of insulin every few minutes instead of the long-acting that you take now, and you don’t have to inject every time you want to bolus. It is certainly not any less work and I don’t think there is any conclusive evidence that it is any more effective.

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