Then, I started suffering through crushing highs, rattling lows and all of the mood swings that come with the territory.
So, when Rickina over at Stick Me Designs offered to send one of her deluxe clutch bags over for me to try out last week, I thought, "YAAAY!" (I might have said it out loud, too.) I had never used a diabetes-customized accessory before - I've just repurposed "normal people" items, like makeup bags and media cases. I found it especially useful to have a bag this size when I traveled last weekend - I could fit all you see in the picture above, plus my Dexcom receiver, cell phone, lip balm, Glucose tabs, Humalog pen, pen needles, and everything I needed for a set change (infusion set, cartridge, and insulin vial) in there, and for the most part, everything had its own compartment. While there are a few things I would have liked to be different (a liquid-resistant outer fabric, for example, for people like me who tend to not realize their finger is still gushing, and smear blood all over everything they touch after testing), I really do enjoy this bag.
Disclosure: Stick Me Designs sent me this clutch bag for free, with the understanding that I would share what I thought of it on my blog - good or bad. I will most likely not be posting much this week, as I'm putting something together behind the scenes that will require every bit of time I can dedicate to it. Without giving away too many details up front, I can tell you that I think it will be very worth the wait. Today I'm bringing you a post from Sarah, whose cleverly titled "smartDpants" blog was born just a few weeks ago. It is amazingly supportive and energizing to find community with others facing the same struggles (Hello, DOC!!). In the midst of feeling all kinds of diabetes support, in the middle of my first week of planned, regular exercise, I had one of those times when every song on my playlist seemed to speak to how I was feeling.
Something about knowing there are other people feeling the same way, and thinking the same things, about shared challenges makes them easier for me to handle. Then I realized I hadn't done an actual blood test in a couple of hours - I had been relying on CGM data - and it might be a good idea to change that.
I'm a couple of days late with this post - mostly because when I sat down to write in on Sunday evening, I couldn't find the right combination of words to express what I'm feeling. Here was the prompt: What have you learned from other blogs - either this week or since finding the D-OC? I guess what's why I couldn't find the words the other night - because I've already spoken many of them. But Diabetes Blog Week did provide some amplification - more voices, focused and more frequent writing, and a heightened sense of community. I think Diabetes Blog Week strengthens the bonds we have in this community, with each other. Diabetes Blog Week 2011 has come to a close, and this video put together by Mike of What Some Would Call Lies illustrates just how awesome our community (and DBlog Week's organizer, Karen) is. 3-month (12 Meeting) intervention targeting diabetes self-management in Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Your child has been newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and we are aware that you may be feeling emotional, confused and shocked about the diagnosis and may have many questions about what is happening and where to go from here. Everything that you will need to know about diabetes and managing it will come in time but for now we will be teaching you the basics to manage your child’s diabetes in the next few days. The rest of the information regarding the diagnosis will be done in follow up appointments in the next few days and weeks and you will be in daily telephonic contact with the doctor or your educator. There is a lot to learn about managing your child’s diabetes in the beginning and you cannot possibly learn it all in one day. YOUR CHILD IS FIRST AND FOREMOST STILL A CHILD BEFORE THEY HAVE DIABETES AND DIABETES NEEDS TO FIT INTO THEIR LIFESTYLE NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND.
You and your child are not alone in managing this condition, of course you have to do all the daily working in managing good blood glucose control, but our diabetes team will help you every step of the way. This manual is designed to help you with all the basic survival tools to look after your child, but each day will be a learning experience. Simply defined it is lack of insulin secreted from the pancreas, resulting in high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. When your child has diabetes it means that they have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. Diabetes is not currently curable; however with proper management such as insulin injections and blood glucose testing, proper meal plans and regular exercise your child can have a normal long happy life, both physically and emotionally. Your child should be eating meals that are balanced with carbohydrates (sugars and starches), fats and protein (mostly meat). Carbohydrates are broken down in your child’s stomach, converted to glucose and absorbed into the blood stream as one of the major sources of energy for the body. The pancreas senses the rise in blood glucose levels and secretes the right amount of insulin to move the glucose out of the blood stream into their cells. Quite simply insulin is secreted every time we eat and a slow release in the background between meals. As your child does not produce insulin anymore they rely on their insulin injections to provide meal time coverage and the background insulin needs. This is a snap shot of your body during the night when your liver is releasing stored glucose back into your blood stream to supply a constant amount of glucose to the brain while you sleep. When food enters your stomach, the carbohydrates get broken down into glucose and the glucose gets absorbed into your blood stream and your blood glucose level starts rising. If your pancreas is working, it samples the amount of glucose in the blood stream and produces the right amount of insulin and releases the insulin into the blood stream The insulin opens the cells and allows the sugar in and blood sugar will come down. If you do not have insulin you have no problem getting the carbohydrate into the blood stream but have no way of opening up the cells to let the sugar in and your blood sugar levels stay high.
High blood sugar gets filtered by the kidneys and glucose ends up in the urine, therefore it causes increased urine flow and your child will urinate a lot and therefore drink a lot to catch up. When your body cannot use glucose for energy it will find another source of energy and you will get these other sources of energy from your body breaking down your muscle and you will loose weight and feel weak and tired and you will also break down fat and produce ketones which makes you sick.
There are 5 main food groups that make up a balanced healthy diet in order for your child’s body to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they require to function at its optimum.
The main food groups can be divided into 3 nutrient groups which have individual effects on the body. Proteins – These nutrients are our bodies’ growth foods and have little effect on the blood glucose levels.
Fats – These foods are also energy foods in the body; however they have twice the amount of calories than carbohydrates and therefore are to be kept to a minimum, in order to protect the heart and other vital organs. The rate of absorption of glucose in and out of the blood stream is called the glycaemia index (GI). High GI (HGI) foods are absorbed quickly into the blood stream and tend to raise blood glucose levels quickly.
Intermediate GI (IGI) foods are absorbed at a gradual rate and have less of a rise on the blood glucose values. Low GI foods (LGI) are absorbed very slowly into the blood stream and tend to keep blood glucose values more stable for longer periods than HGI and IGI foods. There are different ways to measure carbohydrates and relate them to the effect they will have on your blood glucose level, this concept is called carbohydrate counting and is a very useful tool to use. Carbohydrates are divided in two main groups and the sugar group is further divided in 3 groups. Most foods have nutritional information on the packaging, so these are easy to read and determine.
Diabetic products are not usually encouraged as they are poorly marketed, costly and they only remove sucrose form the product but still have other glucose products in them, therefore they are not completely free ( Unless the total carbs on the nutritional label says 0 grams) and will still raise the blood glucose levels. Your child’s Diet needs to be individualised and you should see a dietician who understands children with diabetes to structure something for your child individually.
Sugar is allowed in small to moderate amounts and will make up part of your carb value at meals.

Proteins get broken down into glucose very slowly in the blood stream and only 50-60% of protein gets converted to Glucose, making it an ideal food for your child to eat as a snack or as the main portion of a meal.
Testing your child’s blood glucose levels regularly, will help you to achieve daily blood glucose targets and it is your only tool to help you administer the correct dose of insulin or see what changes need to made to food or exercise etc. Before each meal and at bedtime, and at any other time you think you may be low or very high.
If you are having problems with higher or lower blood sugars email or fax through the last 3-4 days results and insulin doses being used and we can help you make adjustments. The risk of long term diabetes complications is related to overall blood glucose control that is above ranges for many years.
Push the plunger all the way down –if using pens, hold for 10 sec and if using syringes hold for 2 sec. Let go of your pinch before pulling out the needle, this will prevent the insulin from leaking out. If they are having lots of issues with injections or have a severe needle phobia we can use insulin ports to deliver insulin through. Most often when you have a low blood glucose value your body will give you warning signs – here are some symptoms, it’s also best that you recognise your individual symptoms and treat a low blood glucose values as soon as possible. Don’t get into the habit of over treating low blood sugars and getting a high blood sugar thereafter by feeding them too much.
Give the above treatment and recheck blood glucose values again after 15-20 min if they still complain of feeling low.
NB Insulin must be given before a meal if your child was low, you will fix the low blood glucose and then give the normal dose of insulin before that meal, you will need insulin to store that food eaten in the cells of the body otherwise the next blood sugar will be high – they will not go low again! If your child is confused and unable to swallow – rub condensed milk, syrup, honey or glucose syrup onto the gums if that does not raise the blood glucose levels Glucagon needs to be used.
Blood glucose values need to be checked every 3 hour for next 6 hours after a severe episode. High blood glucose values above target along with high HbA1c’s over many years can lead to complications associated with diabetes. When a diabetic child is ill, it is a very unstable time as blood glucose values may fluctuate erratically. Diabetic children need there insulin when they are sick, sometimes even larger doses, even if they do not want to eat, insulin must NEVER be skipped and the types of foods or liquids may need to be adjusted along with the amount of insulin.
Encourage your child to eat their usual meal or something from the list below if there stomach is upset or they are having difficulty eating.
If your child is vomiting and there are no Ketones they need to have small sips of fluid every 15 minutes to avoid dehydration. Medicines for fever, pain, decongestants, runny tummy or nausea, coughs and colds may contain small amounts of sugar. In the absence of insulin your body cannot use your glucose for energy provided by the food you eat.
When Ketones are detected you should contact your Dr, Educator or the 24 hour emergency hot line, so they can advise you on clearing the Ketones.
Diabetes camps are one of the best experiences that a child with diabetes can have and it is advisable that you allow your child to be involved in this experience, especially when they are newly diagnosed. Camp is a place for your child to learn self-confidence, independence from mom and dad, to be with other kids with diabetes, and simply to have a great time as well as have the opportunity to make lifelong friends. We interact with each other, learn teamwork, make friends, survival skills and time to play, be creative and do some rhythm workshop and have lots of FUN, FUN, FUN!!
The purpose of this note is to let you know the implications of diabetes and how it may affect me at school. If there are any questions please write them down and I will get my parents or my doctor to answer them for you. The main dangers that arise from diabetes at school are low blood glucose values or hypoglycemia. If I experience a low blood glucose value during class I will need to test my blood glucose values and I will need to eat foods that have glucose in them to raise my blood glucose values again.
If I am unconscious or have a seizure from a low blood glucose value I will need to be injected with the following injection called glucagon that will increase my blood glucose values. When I wake up please give me sips of juice or coke and check my blood glucose every 5-10min.
There may be some side effects 30 min after the injection such as: Nausea,vomiting, bloating and headache.
Generally people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes are not affected by low blood sugar, but it can happen.
Because your blood sugar can go down, you should always make sure you have taken the correct amount of your medications and that if you miss a dose of your medicine you should not take double what was prescribed. If you have a friend or relative with you, they should know that your blood sugar can become low and there are steps they can follow to help you get through it.
Even though low blood sugar is not something that those with Type 2 diabetes need to be concerned with, it can happen in some cases and the best solution to that is to be prepared for it no matter where you are or what you are doing.
Make sure to test your blood sugar levels regularly, eat your meals and snacks when you should, and take the medications that your doctor prescribed properly and low blood sugar should not be an issue for you.
Deficiency is also associated with arthritis eczema heart disease diabetes and premenstrual syndrome. However there are also other types: gestational diabetes (occurring during pregnancy in women) and diabetes insipidus (excretion of large amount of dilute urine).
This recommendation concerns adults without symptoms of diabetes or evidence of The USPSTF did not find evidence in other populations that screening and treatment of early diabetes or screening for IGT or IFG would lead to diabetes and mortality in men in Norfolk cohort of educating diabetics on the importance of preserving their natural teeth. As a non-medication diabetes educator toowoomba taking recently diagnosed diabetic I want to try whatever natural remedies I can find to stay off insulin and other diabetes meds in addition to meds for cholesterol etc. I didn’t know what to do, as my schedule started not to allow me the time to really do what I needed to do to in some cases, stay vertical.
I actually became a bit less resentful of my body revolting against me and decided that this could be fun.
The modern print, in one of my favorite colors, is the icing on the cupcake that is this bag. A jewelry designer and teacher by trade, Katie is relatively new to both blogging and the diabetes online community, so please help me welcome her! We were fairly estranged for most of my childhood, and have reconnected mostly since my marriage.
Actually, it is kinda more like the shelves in the closet—it helps me make sense and order of chaos. Sarah writes today about the power of connecting with others, and the motivation and inspiration that it can bring.
I've felt very supported lately, both by folks in the DOC and in the not-online world--so much so that I started several new, good things all at the same time. I also like the idea that giving voice to how we get through something--how to manage--how to not just endure but live, better--and sharing examples of how we've done it, makes it seem possible to others as well. Since I just began the smartDpants dblog, volunteering to do a guest post for Kim is both scary and amazing at the same time. Being mad at myself for forgetting, and knowing that the pump site I had in was over 3 days old, I opted for an injection. What has your experience of blogging the DBlog Week topics with other participants been like?
We may not all agree on many things (or anything at all, necessarily) - but we can still respect and support one another.

Today let’s put a twist on that topic and focus on the good things diabetes has brought us. Your child is unique and you will learn in time how diet, exercise and different life situations affect your child’s blood sugar levels. There is a “genetic predisposition” (inherited factor) that needs to be present for the process to start and a viral infection can be the external trigger required to start the immune attack. The food your child eats’, especially carbohydrates are broken down into glucose and stored in their cells for energy now or later so that your child can perform their daily activities like, learning, running, swimming and playing and more importantly having fun. This is usually achieved by using 2 or 3 kinds of insulin, usually a long acting (background insulin) and a rapid acting insulin (meal time insulin). Half of the protein we eat gets converted to glucose over a long period of time so it has a gradual rise on the blood glucose levels. Fats are needed for cell growth and protection for organs and are a very important part in children’s growth and development.
The following pictures are a few examples of the main carbohydrates consumed and they are all measured in 1 carbohydrate value. Below are a few typical foods that have been measured in 1 carbohydrate value they may not necessarily have nutritional information on them and they may need to be learned with time.
Complications are obviously one of your concerns as a parent, but if you and your child work hard at getting the blood glucose values as close to target as often as possible so complications can be prevented. Injecting in the same area too often will cause scar tissue and lumps in the area and the insulin absorption is then unpredictable and poor. Areas that can be damaged from high blood glucose levels are the: eyes, kidneys, heart and feet. Anti-nausea suppositories can be given every 6 hours, if your child needs a second suppository call your Dr.
I know this may make you feel scared or worried to have me in your class as there are a lot of misconceptions about my condition.
I would like to explain my diabetes and I am sure you will see that I can lead a normal life jut like any other child in your class.
Aronson then explains the way the scientific method and statistcal inference can be used Oatmeal For Diabetes Type 2 to generarate actual knowledge about trading systems. Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal yet not high enough to be categorized as type 2 diabetes. But it is not a healthy fat which has the necessary components to tell the brain to stop eating. I teach the technology classes at a small, private school, I’m attached to my laptop and my smartphone and I love video games. Ok, it doesn’t play games, run apps or do anything that a lot of people find special, but for me, it has made me peek at things in a new light.
This was something I needed in my life… I hope it has inspired you to clean out your heart’s closet, chuck the garbage, and maybe rediscover some treasures you can be cherishing!
Since my identity includes both of those invisible aspects , I get what It Gets Better is about. I'd much rather hear about how someone deals with an issue I have, complete with the reality about all of the difficulties and barriers in the way, and truth about how they managed. Finally, here's to helping others feel like they are seen by living our own lives visibly and sharing our stories. Hers was one of the first dblogs I found, and I felt an instant connection with it--and her--through her honesty, her kindness and her hilarious wit. And when you do what I did - eat enough to cover the low blood sugars of three people, not just one - you set yourself up to be catapulted to Hyperglycemia Land in no time. I've decided I just need to write, and quit over-thinking it (HAHAHAHA not possible but it sounds good).
Sometimes a viral infection can trigger diabetes in some children, but you could not have stopped diabetes from happening. Insulin directs the uptake of glucose into the cells either to meet immediate energy needs or to store it for later use. These foods make excellent snacks between meals and will not require extra insulin, further more it can be eaten when blood glucose values are high in order to prevent them from raising further.
They raise the blood glucose values and are the foods groups that need to be kept under control in order to manage diabetes. Unless you are sick, then it necessary for you to test more often, especially when you have ketones, then you will need to test hourly. The HbA1c is a way to measure this; it looks at the amount of glucose attached to your red blood cells. The high blood glucose levels damage all the small nerves and arteries to the organs mentioned above, however if you and your child manage your diabetes effectively you will not develop diabetes complications. Cortisone and or steroid containing medications cannot be taken, they increase Blood glucose levels aggressively the list is below. HOWEVER once your child has the above symptoms but starts to vomit and have difficulty breathing it can no longer be managed at home - the Dr needs to be contacted and your child will need to be admitted. When I was diagnosed with diabetes (adult type 1, thanks so much body for revolting) right before my 34th birthday, I felt like I would have to undo my geek status in relation to my health. Like with a real cabinet, when your heart is cluttered, it is really easy to misplace things and forget what you have.
That seems so much more empowering than advising on all things *not* to do (like we don't already know, right?). There was no math involved in what I dialed up; a simple "Yep, sounds good" from myself acknowledged that this would be the dose I'd go with. It's helped me crawl out of my shell; forced me (in the best way) to extend myself socially in ways I might not have before. If undetected or untreated your child could develop DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS (DKA), this is a medical emergency and they will need to be hospitalised. I’m kinda infertile (which is heartwrenching) but the insulin resistance is the more medically crummy symptom.
Hallie put together what must have been a very time-consuming video with just about everybody listed on there.
In between meals and during fasting low levels of insulin regulate the amount of glucose produced from the liver (your body’s main glucose store). Children, especially very young children have different targets to adults as they don’t always detect there low blood glucose values and very low HbA1c‘s are not suitable for them and they are individualized to the child.
That last one is crazy unbelievable, because in 31 years of type 1 diabetes I've never exercised on my own.
Wow!) And the imaginations, creativity, and just plain guts this community possesses was so fun to see. Every year we are closer to a cure and the tools and knowledge we have to manage diabetes improve. However, the two outlets on the right and left outer side of the device allow for larger sized plugs to fit.
I didn't have to think about it, someone else told us what to do and where to be, I got to hang out with my friends, make music and cool designs at the same time.

Normal a1c level for gestational diabetes
Normal blood sugar level for 25 year old 7'4
Control of blood glucose levels by insulin and glucagon youtube


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