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claymond22 posted:
Hello, I'm 18 years old and was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last week, In under 2 months I rapidly dropped 25 pounds but other than that Ive felt totally normal. I went to the docters and my sugar levels were off the charts, originally he though I had type 2 but when i did more blood tests he found out it was actually type 1. Hes prescribed me a daily dose of insulin and ive been taking it every day for a week now but my sugar levels are still either too high for the machine to read or over 300, Ive never read less than 300 yet since i started testing myself. I dont understand why my levels are still so high, but i feel completley normal, and my whole life Ive never had any of these problems and have been able to eat whatever I want. This whole thing just seems so strange to me and I just dont get why I have this problem. I weigh less than I did when I was a freshman in highschool and I cant gain any weight, I just want to see if anybody here could give me some advice??
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mrscora01 responded:
Hi and welcome. You feel normal because your body has gotten used to very high blood sugars. When your sugars come down, you will probably feel "low" for a while, but that will go away.

As for why it happened to you, it can happen to anyone. Type 1 has nothing to do with weight or eating habits. It is an autoimmune disorder (like Lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis) where your body accidentally attacks the insulin producing cells and kills them off. Your levels are still very high because you are not taking enough insulin yet. It takes some time to adjust the dosage and everyone is different. The docs will usually start you at a lower level and then work you up. I would strongly recommend reading "Think Like a Pancreas" and "Using Insulin" to learn more about how to take insulin properly.

What types of insulin are you taking and how often? It is important to learn to carb count and dose accordingly.

Hope this helps a bit. Feel free to ask lots of questions. If you are looking for a board with lots of type 1s, I would try either Diabetes Daily or Juvenation . This board is good, but there aren't a lot of us out there compared to type 2s.

Cora
 
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emmol responded:
This is very short, but believe you are not taking the right kimd of insulin for you or you simply aren,t taking enough insulin. Good Luck, keep us informed....Sharon


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