Category: Diabetes

A pint of coke later

What can you expect if you don’t produce insulin and have a lot of sugar without injecting? I found out last time I went to the cinema. There was a long line, and the girl at the popcorn counter looked damp and stressed. I asked for a large diet coke while the bear had regular…
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Like living with an uncaged tiger

Do you know what the worst thing about living with type 1 diabetes is? You never get a day off. Diabetes doesn’t go on holiday. Every day the numbers game starts over. Diabetics obsess with numbers. It’s hard not to because diabetes is just a numbers game. The first question I ask myself as I…
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Below 7: McDonald’s double cheeseburger (fail)

All the negative things I’ve been reading about McDonald’s made me crave a cheeseburger. It’s strange, I know. I hadn’t had a meal in McDonald’s since before my type 1 diabetes diagnosis two years ago. Now I was having dirty food fantasies about egg mcmuffins, chocolate shakes, and cheeseburgers. I limited myself to a single…
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The scanning addict

It’s been a month since my last freestyle libre sensor and I’m still alive. The first week was tough, I would swipe over my arm in a nervous twitch. When you’re used to getting a blood sugar reading every waking half hour of your life, you feel a bit lonely without it. My endocrinologist…
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The best basal insulin

Since I was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago I’ve taken three basal insulins: Lantus, Toujeo, and Tresiba. For me the winner is Tresiba. I started on Lantus with 12u every night at 11 pm. The problem that soon became evident was nighttime hypoglycemia. I woke up sweating in the 3 mmol/l (54 mg/dl) range.…
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Why do we measure insulin in units?

When I first got diabetes, I found it weird that we don’t deal in milliliters or milligrams as we do with most other drugs. What was the story with the insulin unit? A unit of what? As it turns out, we’re talking about rabbit units.  When Banting and Best were experimenting with insulin in the…
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Below 7: Zoodles Bolognese

My love affair with zoodles continues. One thing I really missed after going on the keto diet was spaghetti bolognese, and zoodles is a tasty low-carb substitute for spaghetti. The best thing is that they don’t spike your blood sugar the way pasta does. Zucchini is a low-carb vegetable with 3g of carbs/100g, and a…
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The NovoPen Echo

One of the best things I have in my diabetic toolkit is the NovoPen Echo. It uses insulin cartridges, and the build quality is a lot better than that of plastic pens, so it makes injecting insulin nicer. You also do your part to reduce the carbon footprint and save the environment. My favorite feature…
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Alcohol & Type 1 Diabetes

After ten months without alcohol, I fell off the wagon over Christmas. It reminded me of why I stopped drinking in the first place. When everyone had gone home after a successful dinner I drank the rest of an open bottle of wine while feasting on the leftover potato dauphinoise and chocolate-coated walnuts. I then…
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Out of control blood sugars part 2

The results are in! After spending a month de-stressing with action movies on Netflix and John Grisham on the bedside table my blood sugar is back to normal. Changing the amount of basal insulin from 13u to 15u made a difference within a few days. Tresiba is a bit tricky in that it takes a…
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