I was 20 years old, and in college, when I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I had all the typical red flags of unquenchable thirst followed by a ridiculous number of bathroom breaks, extreme weight loss, extreme fatigue, and dry mouth.
My Mom thought I had diabetes, but I was in total disagreement. I went to the doctors anyways and wouldn’t you know, Mom was right.
My blood sugars for those first few years were far from desirable. My A1C was constantly in the 7’s and my blood sugars seemed to act erratically with no rhyme or reason. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting better control. I was doing exactly what the doctors were telling me to do (carb counting & pre-bolsuing), but it just wasn’t working. I wanted….needed more stability and predictability in my blood sugar numbers and I refused to accept that this was just what having diabetes looked like.
It took me years, and a lot of trial and error, but I was finally able to figure it out.
The lessons you DON’T learn in your endo’s office, if you will.
I learned that it mattered what I was putting in & on my body, what exercises I was doing (and when), that paying attention to my infradian rhythm & where I was in my ovulation cycle, and my stress levels all had a dramatic impact on my blood sugar levels and my overall health.