I was dx'd T1 at 60 just after the Christmas holidays 2012, had not been feeling right for a few month but put it off as age related changes. That was until I was dxed With BG of 480 and was in DKA. As lab geek, wanting to know and understand what has going on with MY system was important. As was the need to help get back to my prior levels of activity.
With a lot of online reading and good reference materials, I could see there was a lot of adjustments needed. Getting a Dex G4 made a huge difference in how/what I ate, and how/when I dosed for meals.
I thought I had a reasonable handle on things and had dropped my a1c down to 7 from the 11 at dx with dietary changes and aggressive MDI, but the G4 let me see what I was missing and let me get down to a 5.5.
Have been trolling the old flatliners posts which lead me to the Taggers group. Would not have known how it was possible to get to where I'm at now without the knowledge base from those groups.
So glad to see these groups come back to life as they have a lot to contribute to the D community. Not all of what works for some can be expanded to the wider community, but there is a lot of good takeaways that you can make your own.
Personally, I have found how different classes of carbs effect me, how much of a difference prebolusing makes. How far I can go with a prebolus before I crash out. How I can do partial boluses on the way to a meal and then add in the difference to lower the size of the spike.
I have chosen to do D-tech rather than high end phone/internet tech so for me posting a line is hard to do but I can see the difference that these groups have made in my day to day.
Do I have the occasional dinner with the work crowd splurge with lots of good food/wine and wild numbers - you bet! But I have learned how to tame those numbers with timely preboluses, extended/square waves and extended temp boluses based on what I learned on these groups.
Currently my dex has my SD at 24, with an average BG at 104, with 1% lows and 5% high. The range is 70-130, I'm looking to get the SD a bit lower. Figure the average will drop as well.
I'm not so much interested in keeping absolute steady lines but really want to find ways to stay consistent regardless of the variation in activity.
Just want to say thank you to those who have shared what they have learned. It does make a difference!