Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Help! I'm Addicted to Diet Soda!

For those of you who know me, I have a diet soda at least once a day... are you judging me yet, because I have been judging myself since the beginning of this year. It's my little pick me up at work, more often than not, I will grab one on my lunch to make my wildest dreams come true. On the other hand in this last year I have noticed something about my sweet addiction, I feel it has contributed to my fluffier shape and..wait for higher than average blood sugars. No, I am not a doctor, and no, I do not have any proof of anything of these things, they are just thoughts.

I mentioned I have a diet soda at least once a day, the sad thing to that statement is that it used to be much, much worse. Whatever happened to water? Why is it that my soul always goes for that sweet miracle elixir? I don't know, but because I started to feel guilty about being a diet soda addict, and began feeling it was causing some side affects I lowered my intake of the sweet beverage and replaced it with water. So far, so good, but I still need to kick my diet soda habit.

Then, I was on Bloglovin and The Sweet Life posted an article called How to Wean Yourself off Diet Soda. It immediately caught my attention, this is something I need I thought to myself. I clicked the link and behold, even better, it talked about how artificial sweeteners cause glucose intolerance which basically is a fancy way of saying something that causes higher than normal blood sugar levels.'s time I need to kick this habit.

For those of you out there who are like me and cry when they read this. I feel for you, but alas, we knew all along that these things were not good for us to overindulge on a daily basis. The Sweet Life article, actually had to helpful tips that I suggest you go and check out. Fingers crossed that by the new year we can all kick this habit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Answering Your Questions

Last week on Instagram and Facebook I asked people for questions they have about living with diabetes. Here were some of the questions I received and my answers.

How does diabetes impact the rest of my family? This could be lifestyle, daily activities, having kids, meal choices etc.

My hubs may say it affects my mood more than anything. Usually, when I get a little cranky or easily frustrated, he will very loving ask "Do you need to check your blood sugars"? Most of the time he is right and they need to be dealt with, but on days that they are fine, this feels like he is asking me "is it that time of the month"? Which is another can of worms altogether.

As a married couple, my diabetes is our biggest expense. We are very fortunate to have great medical coverage, but even having great insurance doesn't stop diabetes supplies from being so expensive. We have to add diabetes into it's own category in our budget to make sure that we are able to cover the monthly expense.

I always wish I could be a light packer when we go on vacation, but sometimes my diabetes emergency kit needs it's own luggage which can sometimes be a pain. But it's important to have because we have had a few instances where we had to improvise because I hadn't planned for the unexpected such as, dropping my blood checker in the water while in line for the Jungle Cruise, ripping out my cannula on the BART, forgetting my cannula insert. You name it, I have probably done it.

We haven't really talked too much yet about how my diabetes will affect us when we have children. This is something I would like to look into more. As of right now, the main thing I can see being a problem is having time to eat which can lead to low blood sugars. For the most part, being diabetic and having a baby really in my opinion affects me. I am dreading obsessing over my numbers throughout pregnancy and not getting to eat how I currently do. On the positive side of things, I won't have to do the glucose test that I hear most women hate, that makes me happy.

How do you have diabetes when you aren't overweight?

Type 1 diabetes is not caused from obesity. The actual cause of Type 1 diabetes is still unknown. For the most part, there is belief that it is caused my an environmental change or genetic predisposition. For instance, I was diagnosed after moving away from home for the first time to go to college, Another gal in my diabetes group was diagnosed shortly after traveling in Asia, and another member of our group was diagnosed shortly after giving birth to her first born. We all believe these were our environmental stresses that caused us to have T1D.

What kind of food can you eat?

I can honestly eat whatever I would like to have, as long as I give myself the appropriate amount of insulin. Having an insulin pump makes this a lot easier for more complex meals such as pizza or burgers. For the most part, I just try to eat as healthy as I can, but with T1D you have a little more freedom in your diet.

Did you get diabetes because you ate too much sugar?

No, sugar has nothing to do with T1D. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to prevent T1D. In fact, T1D can happen whenever a persons pancreas decided to no longer produce insulin. My body created antibodies to fight against my insulin producing cells, those cells unfortunately, lost their battle and I am now insulin dependent.

Are you cured because now you have insulin?

Sadly, no. There is currently no cure for diabetes. Thankfully, diabetes technology has continued to grow over the years helping to prevent diabetes complication due to better blood sugar control. There are things like the continuous glucose monitor that make managing your blood sugar levels a lot easier without you having to constantly stick your fingers. Then you have your insulin pump which helps you accurately believe insulin to 1/10th of a unit. As well as, split up your insulin doses to handle complex meals.

But for now there isn't a cure, you can contact your local JDRF Chapter to see when the next walk, run, or bike ride is to help raise money for research in finding a cure.

Thanks for sending me your questions. I hope I was able to answer your questions clearly. Remember November is Diabetes Awareness Month and marks my 9th year of living with T1D, know the signs of diabetes before it's too late.

Friday, November 14, 2014

That Moment You Realize Diabetes is A Part of You

I was at a doctors appointment the other day when the Nurse asked me if I was on any medication. I told her I wasn't and let her move onto the next question. She looked up at my quizzically instead of moving forward and began looking through my chart. I wasn't sure what she was looking for and decided to patiently wait. She paused and looked at me and asked "you have T1D don't you"? I laughed because I couldn't believe it. How did I forget to say yes, I am on Humalog (my insulin)? We both started to chuckle and she told me not to worry about it, I just must have hit the milestone where diabetes is just a part of my everyday life. 

I have had diabetes for 9 years and apparently have finally hit the point where insulin doesn't feel like an extra thing in my life. It now is just a part of me. Everyday I check my blood sugars, give myself insulin, and eat. It's routine, I don't think too much about it, it's finally become like breathing. I didn't think the day would ever come and I am sure if you ask me a month from now what my thoughts of living with T1D are I would have a completely different response. But for now, it's second nature and I like that.