A New Diabetic

Im 18 years old and I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes only about 4 months ago, and there seems to be a lot about this illness which i still don't know.

I've just experienced a 'honeymoon' period shortly after my diagnosis where my body was producing its own insulin for a number of weeks before it completely ran out. I feel really confused right now because Im not sure if im still in this phase or if im back to being insulin dependent, which means im making a lot of mistakes. I sometimes find i can eat food with high glucose and it hardly affects my blood sugar and other times my sugar goes really high (sometimes around 22.0) without be even noticing. Im terrified that these slip ups will damage my health in the long term as I dont fully understand the affects that high sugar has on my health, and worryingly I rarely even notice a change in myself when my sugar is high.

Also, if my blood sugar is at 9.0 or 10.0 i sometimes leave it as it is rather than give myself insulin, is this a really bad thing to do? It would be great if someone with experience can help me because Im feeling so lost and confused and im too scared too ask my nurse some of these questions in case theyre really bad. Can someone help?
JoannaHavana JoannaHavana
2 Responses Jan 15, 2013

I was also diagnosed when I was 18. I was in the honeymoon stage for a year. I was lucky for that. It seems that your body is progressing away from the honeymoon stage. Mine did the same thing until eventually I didnt produce any insulin. It took me a while to get my blood sugars under control because your body acts very differently when you are done with the honeymoon stage. I might have been in the honeymoon stage for a year because I would exercise daily and cut out food with higher sugar content. As a type 1 diabetic, you need to ALWAYS make sure you blood sugar is under control. If it is high then you need to correct it with insulin. You will always be insulin dependent. If you are terrified of high blood sugar and health effects, then aim to control your blood sugars, whether you cut out sugar in your diet, exercise, and use insulin. I don't know if you have heard of this before, but exercise increases insulin sensitivity-your body requires less insulin for food than you would need without exercise. It also helps keep your blood sugars better controlled throughout the day. No question about your health is bad. That's what medical care is for. What is bad is denying that insulin will now be part of your everyday life.

Number one- none of this is your fault. Number two- never be scared or ashamed to ask for help, especially from your healthcare providers. that is there job and they chose that job. Number three- There is no such thing as bad or good questions. You have to start somewhere, right? Example- no one was born with knowledge or the ability to ice skate. They had to learn and start from the simplest steps. I am 23 years old and I was diagnosed with type 1 at age 20- three years ago. It feels like yesterday. It takes time to learn and to be honest, I am still learning! Never be afraid to ask your nurse- that's what her job is- to help and educate people like you and I. remember-the more you test your blood sugar the more you will learn about you- sometimes things effect our blood sugars for different reasons- stress, emotions, foods, etc.- all you can do is take that next step based on what your blood sugar is. In doing so, you are managing your diabetes..Start simple.