I'm type 1 diabetic on a low carb diet taking a basal dose of Lantus. I notice that within a wide range of daily units, I fast at a nearly constant blood glucose level of 69-72, determined with a continuous monitor and fingerstick calibration/confirmation. Why would this be happening? (I'm looking for a good explanation or resource, but not Medical Advice™ as I have a doctor I consult with before making changes to treatment.) [more inside]
Asking for my girlfriend, who will be checking and possibly replying to this post: I'm looking into starting on an insulin pump and I'm pretty sure I've narrowed it down to the Omnipod and the Medtronic Minimed. Looking for any first hand experience with either. I'm also open to any other suggestions to other pumps to consider as well as which ones to avoid. [more inside]
Hubby was diagnosed with diabetes last week during pre-surgery check up. He had the surgery today and that was fine, but it's been sprung on him rather suddenly that this means injections 4 times a day. Most people grin and bear it but hubby has a HUGE injection phobia going back to childhood. He's in a lot of distress. I don't know what to do to help my hubby. [more inside]
We have brand-new, unused needles and a new, unopened Lantus insulin vial that we had bought for our cat, but our cat passed away late last month. We can't seem to figure out if it's legal to resell these prescription items. Is it? [more inside]
Can anyone point me to research that shows that the beta cells become "lazy" and become dormant because of a low carb diet? Or even better a LCHF diet? This is pertaining to type 2 DM. Thanks! BB
My wife, who has had an insulin pump for almost 18 years, has somehow never traveled more than one time zone with it. Next week she has 5 day business trip to the West Coast, and we live on the East Coast. Any diabetic MeFi's have experience crossing 3 time zones with a pump? [more inside]
Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to store the glucose as fat. Why does the food pyramid tell us to eat more of that food? [more inside]
Why can't brain cells collect glucose in a concentration from the blood or how do the cells break it down? [more inside]
Diabetic cat: what's likely to happen with several days missed dosage? [more inside]
What should I put on my medic alert bracelet? [more inside]
Can someone recommend a "leptin aware" doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian in Philadelphia? [more inside]
I've had insulin resistance and PCOS for about 8 years now. I've been on metformin off and on for most of that time. My lab results this week show elevated liver enzymes, which means I have to stop the metformin. But it also showed elevated blood sugars over the last 3 months, which means I have to get the sugars better controlled. Since I can't take the metformin right now, I have to try to manage this with diet. I have no idea what to eat. Can you help? [more inside]
Is alcohol metabolized like sugars? Or something else? [more inside]
How do I best care for a cat with diabetes? [more inside]
I am a 60 year old male who has had type 1 diabetes for 54 years. I have taken insulin injections every day since being diagnosed. For the last 30 years, I have taken 2-4 shots daily. Since the needles are now so thin and sharp, I don't feel pain with the injections, but it is such a nuisance to always have insulin and syringes with me and sometimes to have to find a place to inject. I am still fairly active (knock, knock) and am considering an insulin pump. Will you kindly tell me your experiences, good or bad, with your pump? Thanks!
Anti-social cat that needs twice-daily insulin shots and oral meds; solutions for travel? [more inside]
How do I best care for my cat after a hypoglycemic reaction until I can get him to the vet? [more inside]
I have a question about diet & exercise-controlled Type II diabetes and low blood sugar. [more inside]
How can we pay for insulin without insurance? Aside from getting a credit card, are there any other ways? Cheap short term insurance (yeah, but for diabetics?) Or should we write a letter to the State ombudsman to try and get welfare-type insurance?
Tips or tricks for lowering fasting morning glucose levels without resorting to insulin? [more inside]
My wife is an insulin dependent diabetic who's had great success in using an insulin pump. We live in the US but are originally from the UK. After conversations with various people in the UK knowledgeable of diabetes treatment, we've learned that insulin pumps seem to be almost non-existent there. Is this really the case and if so what are the reasons?