Living with Hypos for over 27 years …

What is a Hypo?

Taken from Google ..

I am now 61 yrs old and finally have more time for myself 👯‍♂️. Although my 3 young adults no longer babies live at home still … I decided it’s time for me .

So this year I have been on a health journey to try and reduce my Hypos and change the way I manage my diabetes .

Since reducing my carbs and insulin I have managed to loose weight and finally feel like my old self … however I still Hypo !!!

WHY is this when I try so hard ? My Diabetic Specialist recently came up with a suggestion I may have Mauriac Syndrome 😱, when I researched it I wasn’t sure it had any relation to my diabetes but then I’m not a specialist !!!

WHY do I blog ? Actually I’m not sure myself … I never have much time to stop and write never mind all the Social Media platforms Instagram and Facebook and to what avail ?

At first I thought I could help others going through similar issues , but sometimes I think I’m just writing to my self about myself !!!

I’m now on a mission to find out why I Hypo so much … Thankfully the Hypos are manageable but just slow me down which can be frustrating !!!

I have Hypo’d from the very first day I started insulin !!! Hence people commented I may not be diabetic but I went on to have 3 children so couldn’t get off insulin to see and when I finally did try it was too late as my pancreas was dead !!!

It’s only now after 27 years that I’m asking more questions and trying to find the answer .. Giving up Carbs has been a start …..

My journey continues …

Nearly at my pre diabetic weight of 27 yrs ago !!

I have been on a low carb regime now since end of February this year and managed to lose 28 lbs in weight so far .

I never realised stopping all Crisps Biscuits and treats and going on a predominately plant based , low carb , good fat diet would help so much . When I have a Hypo now I have Gluco tablets instead of the above !!!

My journey to here all began with a kick start at Juicing with the help of the Jason Vale retreat ,and I haven’t looked back since . I lost a lot of my sugar cravings 👯‍♂️Didn’t realise how much I was consuming even though I didn’t add sugar to anything .

Today I’m off to the diabetic Clinic at the Royal Free hospital so fingers crossed everything else is good as so many people keep saying I’m making myself ill and probably not well 😳… However I believe it’s down to my diet 🙏🤪

As anyone diabetic knows life isn’t easy and we have to check our sugars all the time and be completely in control of our bodies as there are many diabetic complications that occur without good control .

Once I have medical certainty my route has genuinely helped me I will share more … all I can say is my recent HbA1c is the lowest it’s been since I was first diagnosed 27 yrs ago !!!

Who can read this…?

Omnipod v Freestyle Libre

I know they say pretty pictures help blogs but I wanted to share what’s happening to my sugar readings through the night. The Omnipod Reading is obviously more accurate because it measures capillary blood , the Libre shows the direction and stability but the the reading measures interstitial fluid . Insulin delivery from midnight last night to 6am was 2.5 u !!! Since I reduced carbs I have never seen anything like this in 27 yrs of having diabetes😳…

When first diagnosed out of the blue 27 yrs ago I was put on approx 4 daily injections of 10/12 units of Actrapid insulin and a background of 16/20 units of Lantus and went on to have low sugars every day … always spiking up to high sugars after eating carbs !!!

I hardly ate anything but I kept being told I needed more insulin hence the weight piled on !!!

I collected 6 autoimmune conditions along the 27 yrs always being blamed on my diabetes …. so explain this why now with a low carb intake which I never thought was possible for a T1D could my life change so much? No frequent spiking as before, however I still hypo but not the crazy swings ? …..More to follow ..

Photo taken before low carb regime…
Photo taken on low carb regime…