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Do NOT beat yourself up about this, it takes the perfect mix of diet, exercise, carb/protein, and yes even medications to get this under control.
The important thing to remember is you do NOT have to be on insulin the rest of your life, you can get off of it when you get things under control.
I help people with this all the time.
Get on line and get the My Fitness Pal application, load it on your computer, phone, and tablet (if you have one). Document every single morsel of food you eat. You want to set you calorie range for aprox 1-2 pounds of week for weight loss. NOW here's where it gets tricky. YOU absolutely, HAVE to eat a well balanced HIGH protein LOW carb diet.
Carbs are what break down to sugar, what can't your body break down? Sugar - YUP. That's why you now have insulin, because your body has become resistant to making it. SUCK. But if you are not fueling your body with the wrong stuff, your resistance will diminish.
1. Remove any and all things from your diet that contain the evil and dreaded "HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP" This stuff is the nectar of Satan, and will just fuel your insulin resistance.
2. CUT OUT ALL PROCESSED FOODS; Yup all of them, processed lunch meats, ick get rid of them, and of course things that are carb based that are white. Bread, Pasta, Rice, if it's white it's processed or a simple carb, and becomes sugar....which you cannot break down.
3. Fuel your body within 30 minutes of rising in the am. Give yourself good protein primarily. Quick easy choices include smoothies made from Greek Yogurt, and fresh berries, yum. You can also get good quality protein shake mixes from just about any vitamin/supplement store.
4. Fuel your body every 3-4 hours throughout the day, not a ton, but making sure you are giving it good proteins, and satisfying foods. Like a TBSP of Peanut Butter (low fat, check the label, make sure it doesn't have the dreaded high fructose corn syrup). and half an apple. String cheese, and celery. Handful of nuts, and some grapes.
You want to keep your metabolism up and running throughout the day, not starving yourself. If you are feeling hungry, then you are not getting enough of a good balance.
This may go against anything diabetic educators, and dieticians tell you, but trust me this works.
I know it's frustrating but really your Dr is doing you a favor by putting you on the insulin. It is going to quickly get blood sugars back where they need to be, and prevent from doing any more damage to blood vessels, kidneys, and extremities.
Keep doing things right, take your meds, you are doing what is needed for your health. That is in no way a failure.
Also wanted to add that there is new research going on that indicates Type 1 diabetes may be related to post viral syndrome, it harms the pancreas at some fundamental level, and it no longer is able to produce insulin. I find this fascinating, as I know of 2 type one diabetics, that were diagnosed as kids, within months after having some bad bug, one with mono.
My son 10 (who is very loving) gave me a big hug last night, I said ahhh just what I needed, he said so did I :)
My SO is a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed at Age 39. He really struggles mentally with the dependence on insulin. There is probably no way he will ever not have to do injections.
It sucks but it is hugely important to manage it.
Tushnurse has great advice. What you need to do is go one step further and find those non-refined/non-processed/not white foods that fit into your life. That's what we've had a hard time with around our house. It requires a lot more thinking and planning.
Although TG will never be off insulin, close attention to his diet reduces the number of daily shots and keeps him out of the hospital. Once you find the foods that fit your life and are healthy it gets to be easier.
An interesting note: I saw study that evaluated several diets for weight loss, heart health and something else. They compared things like atkins ect. A diabetic diet was the healthiest overall. So the good news is that you're eating the healthiest way possible.
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future.” -foulton oursler
Same with diabetic teaching, and dieticians recommendations for diabetic diets. They are taught by the ADA, and guess who funds all their educational materials? YUP ....
The reason a lot of people don't get off insulin once they are on it, has to do more with eating habits, and exercise. Once on insulin there is a lot more leeway for cheating, and having more carbs, and bigger serving sizes. At the end of the day it really truly comes down to calories in = calories burned and used.
A newer phenomenon we are seeing are diabetics with insulin pumps being Super Obese, yah their numbers look good, because they are dosing their insulin based on the carbs consumed, therefore portion control goes right out the window.
Insulin pumps seem like a great idea initally, but the abuse is unbelievable.
keep focusing on eating right, exercising, and moving forward. You may surprise yourself.
Oh and BTW Dr's ARE allowed to hug their patients.