Factors that affect your Blood Sugar Levels
Stress is definitely the hardest factor to control, because it is very very subjective and there is no ground to stand on when trying to eliminate it (unlike food/eat less, exercise/exercise more etc.), Saying stress less will not help for sure..
How does stress affect your BGL?
There are two types of stress:
• Physical Stress
• Mental or emotional stress
And each type will affect our BGL differently.
As mentioned in the exercise post, putting your body under stress will result in releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline, glucagon, cortisol & and even growth hormone. As we now know, these hormones tell our liver to keep releasing glucose in our blood stream, also something like growth hormone will make our tissues less sensitive to the insulin in our system (if there is any) thus, when stressed, your BGL is more likely to elevate (NOT always sometimes it will have an opposite effect, hence stress is the hardest to predict).
How to control your BGL when stressed?
There is no solid answer to that as it is VERY subjective to the person, his/her sensitivity, the situation they are in, the type of stress, the extent of the stress and a lot more…
The solution to this is to try and avoid stress in the first place (whether you are a diabetic or not), which I have no clue how to, to be honest as I am a very stressful person myself.
However at least this might have answered your questions when wondering why is your BGL fluctuating without having any food or exercising? IT IS STRESS. #shredabetic#keshred
Diabadass 15/30: Meet Gavin (AKA “The DiAthlete”). Gavin was diagnosed with T1D in 2000 at the age of 8. A native of London, England, Gavin is a glutton for running-punishment. Gavin created his own "GBR 30/30 Challenge" in which he ran 900 miles in 30 days. Most recently, Gavin raised over $10,000 for T1D programs by running 25 marathons in 1 month’s time across the UK and Ireland. He is the founding member of “The League of DiAthletes” and consistently hosts education workshops and sports clinics for youth living with T1D. Gavin believes to view diabetes as a competitor over an enemy, stating "to be a champion, you have to respect your competitors in order to get the better of them.” Thanks for all that you do for the T1D community, Gavin. You are a true inspiration!
That look when you’ve finally decided to prioritize your internal health > physique goals 🙌🏼. Don’t get me wrong - there is NOTHING wrong with a physique goal. What is problematic is basing your entire life off a physique for a plastic trophy / to call yourself a competitor while letting your internal health go to shit. For so long I’ve prioritized my life in terms of the next time I’m stepping on stage and the next time I get to put on the sparkly napkin one calls a competition bikini. With all of my health issues smacking me in the face I’ve had to come to the harsh realization that my internal health needs to come FIRST if I can hope to continue doing what I love (which happens to be competing - because I love it not because I hate myself or my body). •
Throughout this process of healing I’ve had to relearn my body, educate myself on everything from hormonal health, exogenous hormone manipulation, optimal thyroid levels, insulin sensitivity, metabolism, and all the seemingly small interactions that make up very important processes in your body. •
I’ve listened to numerous resources and podcasts from @lauriechristineking@em_dunc and @embodyradio@victoriafelkar@larabriden and others to figure out what was going on inside my body. •
I’ve completed hormone panels, thyroid panels, adrenal and cortisol lab work, gathering a baseline and supplementing deficiencies. I’ve ditched my hormonal birth control (hello @daysyfertilitytracker you’re a life saver) and welcomed the idea that a period is a monthly report card of your internal health. For more Info read up on The Period Repair Manual by @larabriden - thank me later. •
All this to say I’m taking time away from physique goals to heal myself from the inside out. Everyone’s different and some don’t struggle with these types of things butttt if you do please reach out for help! Don’t let it spiral. Because at some point your body is going to say no more and fight back. I WILL be back on stage one day doing what I love. It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN. And for now I’m just out here living my life ✌🏼
If you find yourself struggling with any of this, please DM me! Happy to share all of the info I’ve found 💕
It's so important to take care of yourself especially with a chronic illness like type 1. I shared earlier I ran out of insulin at work and forgot to bring more. I was just going to tough it out and not eat until I got home but my blood sugar started to rise and I felt sick. Despite my guilt about leaving work I went home early saw that I trace ketones and gave myself insulin. I'm now on the couch in my PJs with a falling blood sugar and feeling much better. This disease is serious and we shouldn't feel guilty when we need to take care of ourselves. We may not look sick but we are #T1D#diabetes#diabetic#chronicillness#invisibleillness#brokenpancreas#insulinpen#insulindependent#ketones#bloodsugar#selfcare
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People tend to focus on less important things while ignoring the more important ones.
They major in the minor.
I hate to burst your bubble, but there's a really good chance you don't need anything special to lose weight and be healthier.
You probably just need to be really consistent with some basic things.
Put your energy until that.
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I just left my endo appointment.. and I didn’t get the best news 😭 I expressed my concern to them because I’m eating healthy and working out every single day but I’m still gaining weight. I was very confused until they explained to me that I was more thin/my lowest weight because I would disconnect my pump for the whole day and never give insulin (obviously not good). But now that I’m giving myself large amounts of insulin (my body is very resistant) I’m starting to gain the weight. I didn’t really know that insulin made people gain weight (words of my endo). They recommended for me to see a weight counselor and it’s something I’ve never thought I’d have to think about. Now in addition to using my Dexcom G6, my endo wants me to prick my finger 4 times a day - which sounds bad because I should be used to it by now, but that’s the whole point of the G6. A tad frustrating 😰😞 •
Zero carb lunch of baked short ribs with a hunk of butter. Not a lot of meat, but a lot of fat. I’m learning a lot about cooking meat. Even though I’ve been on a Ketogenic Diet for the past 9 years, before that I was a raw vegan fir seven years, before that I was low carb with no red meat for 7 years and before that I was ovo/lacto Vegetarian for 20 years. This new zero carb/ carnivore diet is still an adjustment. I’ve been experimenting with healing diets for the last 42 years. I’ve been bio hacking before there were words for it! #t1d#t1dhack#biohacking#carnivore#ketogenic#ketocarnivore#eatfatlivelong
Let me introduce you guys to my fav diabetes org, @t1international 💙
They fight for affordability and accessibility for diabetes supplies. I respect them above all other non-profits because I believe that they fight for what matters. We can have all the advocacy and fancy get togethers that we want, but at the end of the day, we need to be able to receive the supplies that we need. Additionally, they do not accept sponsorship/money from any insulin manufacturers. This is HUGE, as most diabetes non-profits do, and that’s a conflict of interest. 🚫
So today, I would encourage you to support @t1international in any way that you can, by sharing their posts (non-monetary) or by donating money to support their fight for affordability and accessibility, they also have merchandise that helps to spread the word and helps fund their cause too! 💙
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Thanks to @the.insulin.type for asking us to be part of #thehappydiabeticchallenge . We're grateful she wants to support our cause of giving people the tools to fight for affordable insulin and supplies in their country. We also collect essential data to be able to show the scope of the problem. Our surveys show that people worldwide spend huge portions of their income on their type 1 diabetes. This is unacceptable and we fight every day to change the situation in sustainable ways. #insulin4all#diabetesadvocacy#type1diabetes#t1international
Day 15 of the #type1challenge ! Join us in spreading awareness about diabetes for #bluenovember ! Today’s topic is your favorite books about diabetes ! Time to share the books you loved and help other diabetics ! Can’t wait to see your posts ! Don’t forget to tag @t1d.leonor and @type1family and to use the hashtags #type1challenge#bluenovember#type1family#diabetesawarenessmonth#diabetic#noviembreazul#retodeladiabetes#t1d so we can find your posts and meet each other !!! And don’t forget to turn your profil in public mode so we can see what you’re sharing ! I’m so happy for your enthusiasm for the challenge ! Let’s team up and raise awareness about our condition ! ✨
My two favorite books about diabetes are French ! Je conseille vivement de lire ces deux ouvrages! Merci pour ce diabète de @banalalban , notamment top quand on vient d’être diagnostiqué, et Diabétiquement vôtre de @bertrandburgalat , peut être un peu après. Les deux sont super !
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Day 15 #happydiabeticchallenge : diabetic cost of living. The new 14 day sensor version was just released in the US. I went to the pharmacy and they told me I needed to get the new reader, which costs ~$85 USD . Now I had already paid $65 for the first version a few months ago , I asked if I could trade it in at the CVS pharmacy but they said “no” . I was about to call Abbott to see they could reimburse some money and found out on their website that you can apply for a free new reader version ! It was super easy and fast to apply , got an email within 20 min of submitting my application and will go get the new reader this weekend. ( get yours !) This makes costs lower, however, the sensors themselves are quite expensive : $47 usd for the 10 day version and ~$65 for the 14 day version , that means $130 usd a month to check my glucose :/ . Add to this getting test strips and lancets to check if the sensor is accurate. This is only for checking glucose. Now , the way I manage my diabetes is through diet and exercise . The gym costs $80 a month , and regarding food , well following a low carb /high protein diet involves in my case a lot of meat , veggies , Greek yoghurt , low glycemic fruit , cheese, charcuterie, eggs , bacon / ham and tons of diverse nuts as snacks. Now , these products are not the cheapest and I like avoiding non organic meat since the mass production of the US is not really trustworthy. Altogether, my groceries expenses are around $500 a month . Add to that whenever you go out eating , “healthy options” are a lot more expensive , making a burger protein style is +$1-$2 and changing fries for salad is a +$2-$3 .... luckily I have got to the point of not requiring insulin for managing my diabetes but at the beginning I did , the cost of that was ~$300 per month on pens (lantus and humalog ) . ON top of this , I can’t add up the amount that I have spent in visits to different doctors and endo ... In conclusion , diabetes cost of living is extremely high , but for me , health comes first , so as much as I don’t like saving money for other things , i put my health in first place.
🚨Первая помощь при ЛЕКГОЙ гипогликемии🚨
Самое главное правило диабетика - носить с собой глюкометр ВСЕГДА и ВЕЗДЕ❗️❗️❗️
⬆️Если вы почувствовали себя плохо - измерьте уровень глюкозы в крови (сахар крови).
⬆️Убедитесь в истинной гипогликемии ( цифры менее 3,9 ммоль/).
⬆️Прекратите физическую активность.
⬆️Примите быстроусвояемые углеводы - 2 ХЕ.
☝🏻Это могут быть:
◽️4 -5 кусков сахара или 4 чайные ложки, растворенные в чае или стакане воды.
🥤200 мл ( в среднем это 1 стакан) фруктового сока или сладкой газированной воды.
🍭4-5 карамелек (барбарис, дюшес).
❗️Через 10-15 минут перемерьте уровень глюкозы в крови. Если он остаётся низким и сохраняются симптомы гипогликемии , повторно примите 2 ХЕ быстроусвояемых углеводов.
❗️Если до следующего приёма пищи ещё много времени, вам следует после купирования гипогликемии и нормализации самочувствия съесть медленно(трудно)усвояемые углеводы на 1 ХЕ (1 кусок хлеба, 2 ст л в отварном виде любой каши).
☝🏻ЗАПОМНИТЕ , для купирования гипогликемии не подходят шоколадные конфеты, сыр, колбаса и другие жиросодержащие продукты, т.к. они замедляют всасывание углеводов.
❗️При ТЯЖЕЛОЙ гипогликемии пациент сам себе оказать помощь не может, т.к. это состояние отличается от легкой наличием нарушенного сознания (заторможенность) либо полным отключением сознания (гипогликемическая кома). ☝🏻В таком случае ваши окружающие: родственники, коллеги, друзья должны незамедлительно вызвать бригаду Скорой медицинской помощи🚨 Расскажите им о гипогликемии, ее симптомах и проинструктируйте о правилах. #гипогликемия#эндокринолог#эндокринологиякбр#сахарныйдиабет#диабет#гликогемоглобин#диабет#сд1#diabetic#type1diabetic#t1d#сахарныйчеловек
Waiting patiently 😴😴.. this one was a painful one! Bled a little! but I’ve been having some difficulty with my dexcom losing signal often even when I’m right next to it :// can’t wait to transfer to Dexcom G6
Okay so since it's still #diabetesawarenessmonth I wanted to give a shout out to two very important people: my mom and my girlfriend, @sambammy. They are the two best people any diabetic could ask for in their lives. My mom single-handedly raised two special needs kids. And she never missed a single dance recital as backstage mom, or field trip as a chaperone, so that I would be able to participate in the same activities as any other kid. She would come to my friends' houses first thing in the morning to give me my breakfast shot before I was on the pump so that I could go to sleepovers. Every Halloween she gave me a "trade off bag" filled with sugar free candy and toys, since I could only eat my regular trick or treat candy when my blood sugar was low. And a million other things that she did to care for me and make sure I had a normal life. And my girlfriend-look, it isn't easy to be in a relationship with someone who has any kind of chronic illness. It takes a special kind of a person and a special kind of love. Before we even started dating, Sam had made more of an effort to learn about my diabetes than most people in my life. She sits up with me when my blood sugar is too high or low to go to sleep just yet. She knows I'm going low before I do. She knows exactly what snack I need depending on how low I am. She educates other people about type 1 diabetes. She also does countless other little and big things without ever complaining. So thank you to the two most amazing people in my life (and shout out to my brother Billy too for being equally awesome), because I couldn't do it without a support system like you guys. #diabetes#type1diabetes#t1d
Hey there, Michigan friends! You should come to @stormcloudbrew this Friday, November 16th, for Stormcloud’s Diabetes Awareness Day! We’ll be tapping a special small batch brew that I GOT TO BREW with Chris, with 50% of sales from the beer being donated to the local Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. Plus, we'll recognize the blue circle (the universal symbol for diabetes) with a Blue Cheese Burger special for Burger Friday. So wear something blue and join us in the pub for Stormcloud's Diabetes Awareness Day!
Old picture of this cutie pie getting comfortable around the shopping carts on her first trip to Target.
Photo Description: Lyra, chocolate lab, standing with paws up on the lower part of a shopping cart.
t1d didn’t teach me sorrow or despair: it taught me how to smile, cry, and laugh about it. it gave me weeks worth of camp memories, an AMAZING best friend for over 4 years, and the coolest way to wear my pancreas. here’s to us with useless pancreases. happy national diabetes awareness day.💙 #t1d
In honor of sir Frederick Banting himself and the invention of insulin, what better day to share my very first giveaway than his birthday and World Diabetes Day! 💙
I’ve partnered with @mygenteel to give a lucky diabuddy one of their painless lancing devices! All you need to do is:
+ Like this photo + Follow me and follow @mygenteel + Tag a friend in the comments you think would also enjoy winning one of these bad boys! Unlimited entries! That’s it! Winner announced Monday 11/19! Open to US/UK/EU💙
Even though I use my dexcom now and don’t often need to test my blood sugar anymore, when I do I’m now reaching for this! Personally I think it hurts the least still on my finger, and I honestly haven’t had an issue getting blood when I test! Such a pain when that happens and I have to poke myself like 3 times 🙄 Now it’s one and done with @mygenteel 🙌🏼
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Where I’d rather be than at work🙂👌🏼 My “dream” body and goals have changed so much the past few months. But I’m still working just as hard. I’ll get there one day🖤
HBD SIR FREDERICK BANTING 🎈 mah dude, the inventor of insulin, probably a cool, obviously smart guy would’ve been 126 years old today!
In honor of him being a co-discoverer of insulin used for us diabetics (Type 1 & 2 alike), his birthday is WORLD DIABETES DAY 💙
Every bolus today goes out you, Freddie!
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I’m not sure if you’ve heard but it’s World Diabetes Day 😉 I figured I’d dedicate my post today to the first time I wore my robot parts loud & proud in a bathing suit and then posted a pic to my personal insta. Without this community I would have never ever ever ever ever ever (NEVER!!!!!!) had the confidence to walk around all pretty robot like and then post a picture like it’s no big deal. Because it’s not a big deal!!! Thank you to everyone who reminds me that it’s cool to normalize this stuff, that it’s okay to be frustrated, that it’s okay to laugh & joke in the face of an unsteady future, that it’s okay to admit defeat and say you’re not okay. Lately I haven’t been okay, moreso personally than diabetically, but it’s because of this community that I am able to say that to myself & not feel like a failure. Thank you thank you thank you 💙 (but also no thank you to big pharma & the convoluted state of healthcare in this country 😇) also PS every time you post a picture being a pretty robot there is a little girl or boy out there who may be inspired to do the same!!
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. I usually keep my pump hidden under clothes because I don’t want to talk about it or I’m embarrassed. I started looking at the #NDAM posts and was inspired by all of the posts I saw. The truth is, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Diabetes isn’t anything to be ashamed of and it’s not my fault. I want people to ask questions so that they might have a better understanding of the disease, which is so misunderstood by so many. I have type 1 diabetes #t1d and it requires constant attention and awareness. It is checking blood sugars, counting carbs, it’s highs, it’s lows, and it’s lots of planning ahead. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 19 years, and I have become better at juggling these things but it is still a constant struggle. I can do the exact same thing from one day to the next and have completely different results. However, I have never let it hold me back from completing any goal I set for myself. This month, I have been wearing my pump proudly on my arm. I encourage you to research diabetes, ask questions, and become more aware and understanding of the disease.
Thanks for reading ❤️
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