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This year has been a rollercoaster for me. As I started off the year with uncontrollable BGL lvls...and it was still my first year with T1D. As I do know only less than handfull of people with Diabetes I have found tudiabetes, all the endo's that I have seen, the NHS dietician, my Specialist Private Diabetes Nurse, the books that I have been reading extremely useful to get where I am now.

Nowadays, basically I have cut stress as much as I can out of my life
Do not eat a lot of carbs (90-120 grams per day)
Limit my portions overall and keep my weight stable
Exercize (once per week cardio and once pilates and walk any distance if time allows me)
Got a CGM!!! (has been the most helpfull gadget in understanding my BGLs)

Further recently started short courses at open university on health science, to understand the human body, nutrition, genetics and all other factors that have an effect on diabetes better.

The more I am being taught, the more I have been reading, I have found my health being under much better control. Hope it lasts :)

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Congratulations on better health control. How fabulous you must feel being the one in control. I found TuDiabetes while sitting having a coffee in a local bakery. Manny (the founder of TuDiabetes) saw me testing my blood sugar. He asked "Are you Type 1 or Type2?" Feeling so alone for so long about the disease, I was amazed that I had sat down right next to someone else with T1! And thankfully, it was Manny, since he is so friendly and has such a positive outlook. T1 is a frustrating disease with no cure, but at least there is treatment and we can take control of our own health. I was diagnoised in 2008, during my third trimester of pregnancy - a very, very odd time to get LADA. Initially, I felt cursed that the stress of the pregnancy (or a virus I contracted as a health care provider) was most likely the trigger, but I believe that my control is so good because it HAD to be for the health of my baby. That became my mindset, and even after my son Flynn was born, I continued treating my diabetes as though I was still in charge of keeping my unborn son healthy. This way became a way of life for me; afterall, keeping myself healthy is just as important as keeping another human being healthy. Like you, I limit my carbs to about 100/day, have a CGM, and recently started on the OmniPod pump. I am still in the honeymoon phase, so require little insulin; however, my BS numbers have been even better on the pump than when I was doing shots. On shots, I required about nine units of basal/bolus combined a day, and now I only require about 3. I have good communications with my diabetes educator and my endo, and my family. My endo told me that the people that can "sabotage" your health the most are your family - that without their support, you are pretty much sunk. It has been a journey and will be a lifelong commitment to keep doing what you are doing to stay healthy. Again, congratulations for your hard work and effort. All the best to you! And keep in mind that you have diabetes, diabetes doesn't have you. Regards, Melissa




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