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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/21/2007 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
i just recently been diagnosed with type 1 about 2 months ago im 21yrs old and i went to the hospital one night just to see if they would do blood work to see why i was losing so much weight i lost 30 lbs in less then a yr i was 95 lbs i was also peeing alot and always thirsty but anyways they ran tests on all my organs and told me my bs was over 1000 i didnt have any symptoms at the time and felt fine docs say im lucky to be alive i was admitted for 2 days in the hospital i gained weight in a week. its been a while and still having trouble keeping my bs in a normal range im very scared and always depressed with this huge change in my life does it get better or maybe easier?? plus my period was 3 weeks late but not preg will my menstral cycle continue to be messed up?? will diabetes hinder my chances of concieving? and does insulin make you have belly fat??

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   Posted 11/21/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Sweetie, welcome to the Forum.  You are indeed lucky to be alive.  I've never heard of blood sugar so high!  Thank heavens you did seek medical help.  You did have symptoms!  The symptoms were peeing a lot, thirst and losing weight.  I'm glad you're under medical care.  It may take awhile for your body to adjust to more normal or least lower blood sugar.  You've been living with high blood sugar for some time, so be patient and you'll soon feel better as you live with normal blood sugar.  Your system might have been messed up because of the high blood sugar and maybe that's why you have missed some mentrual cycles - ask your doctor.  Once your weight is back up to normal for you, you should probably try eating a lower carb diet in order not to gain too much weight, which is what happens sometimes when you're on insulin.  You need to be very vigilant in testing to be sure your blood sugar doesn't go too low and work with your doctor about the dosage for your medication.  You don't have to develop belly fat if you have a decent diet and participate in regular exercise.  A type 1 who is pregnant also needs more attention to regulating her blood sugar, so seeing the doctor and understanding how to deal with the diabetes and pregnancy is important when the time comes.  I hope you have a good endocrinologist.  Good luck. 

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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds

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   Posted 11/23/2007 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
The 4th classic symptom is hunger, because your body is starving since it can't use the sugar in your blood. Weight loss occurs because your body starts metabolizing protein (muscle) to keep itself going. Peeing happens because the body is trying to get rid of all the extra sugar in your blood, and thirst happens because your body is busy peeing out water faster than you can drink it.

With that high a blood sugar reading you probably had some of the other possible symptoms, even if you didn't realize them as such. Blurred vision, fatigue, dry mouth, constipation, dry skin etc. I was over 600 when diagnosed (their meter only went to 600) and I had my sugars back to normal within 3 weeks. The blurred vision takes longer.

I don't kow that I would say that insulin 'causes' belly fat, but it's probably fair to say that a diabetic on insulin (and some of the drugs that usually go along with it) will gain abdominal fat more easily and have a harder time losing it than non diabetics. Its a bad risk factor, so work hard at not getting it. Also, fat increases insulin resistance, meaning you have to use more insulin and making it harder to maintain good sugar levels.

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   Posted 11/24/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much this info does help hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving and happy holidays!!
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