1 Year with the ‘Betes

I can’t recall the exact day, but it has been about 1 year since I was diagnosed with diabetes. Hooray! Happy Anniversary! I don’t talk about it much here, so I decided to write a progress report.

I have Type 1 diabetes, which means I am insulin dependent, and will become more so once my pancreas gives up the ghost and stops producing insulin altogether. On a general level, I feel fine. The last few months have been stable and I’ve got into a good management groove. I have my highs and lows (both in glucose sugar and mood) of course, but they are getting less and less frequent.

Here’s a chart of my readings for the last 30 days (click for bigger size).

Glucose Sugar readings.

This chart was produced the OneTouch software. This would be a good topic for another blog entry, which I might do some time. I was writing down my readings for a long time and hand-entering into an online service, but that was a real time sucker. So I upgraded to a Johnson & Johnson One Touch glucometer from which I can connect to the PC and upload all my readings. Nice!

As you can see, my readings are in target only about half the time. So I still have some work to do. I am not so disciplined yet with my diet, and don’t do any carb counting because my body still may be producing insulin which makes it more difficult to estimate. More snippets below.

Tablet and Insulin Usage

This has been my routine for the last month or so.

  • Morning (before breakfast) : 4 Diapril MR tablets
  • Afternoon (after lunch) : 1 Glucophage tablets
  • Evening (before dinner) : 2-4 units of Novo Rapid (quick acting insulin)
  • Night (before bed) : 3-5 units of Lantus (long acting insulin)

Exercise

Regular exercise and keeping in shape is crucial in diabetes management. Usually, the is a direct correlation between insulin intake and exercise, i.e. the more exercise you do, the less insulin you need to take. My routine is pretty simple right now. Every day I walk with my dog for about 30 minutes, and once a week I go swimming. Could be better, could be worse.

I don’t go to the doctor regularly, about once every 2-3 months. The best doctor with this disease is yourself. If you don’t look after yourself, you will get very sick. Simple as that. I send my doctor reports via email and we discuss things there mostly. I am going for a meeting some day next week, however, so I’ll follow-up with what happens here. Until then amigos, leave your computer, put down that chocolate bar, and go out for a really long walk to wipe away the cobwebs and feel good.

5 Replies to “1 Year with the ‘Betes”

  1. My father had diabetes and when I was a kid, I used to be really afraid of getting one too. Mainly because I loved then, as I do now, the sort of food you were supposed to avoid. Nice that sweets are not forbidden anymore.

    So far I’ve been lucky, but I definitely should take more care of myself. It sounds like you do and I’m sure you’ll be all right.

  2. Before your pancreas gives up the ghost, they’ll probablly be able to make you another one.
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    (At least the way nanotechnology research is progressing should suggest this).

  3. Marko: All research certianly seems to suggest that there is a genetic factor in diabetes. However, it is not always passed on directly to the next generation. And even if the gene is passed on, a trigger is needed for diabetes to set in. These triggers vary and are usually environmental. So don’t worry too much! In my family, my sister has had diabetes since age 7, but there is no evidence of diabetes anywhere else in the family tree.

    CCfly: Thanks for the encouragement :) I’m sure all diabetics, including me, would love to see a cure. The fact that so many people have it means that research money is pouring in, which can only help.

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