Having been Type I diabetic for over 14 years, I am always looking to improve my diabetes treatment. I have gone through teenage hormonal changes, two pregnancies and general illness all without much incidence, and I would like to keep it that way. Diabetes can be a very scary thing but with the proper diabetes treatment, it is most certainly a manageable disease.
There are two types of diabetes; Type I which is usually diagnosed during childhood, and Type II which is generally diagnosed after the age of 18. Each require a different set of diabetes treatment, mainly because a person with Type I does not produce any insulin on their own while a person with Type II is just extremely insulin resistant or makes very little insulin.
Type I diabetics basically have to take insulin in some form. There are now several options of diabetes treatment, though, which can make the process much more manageable especially for those weary of needles. The standard treatment is to use insulin by needle self injection as little as once per day and as much as six to eight times per day. There are both short and long acting insulins and most likely a person with Type I diabetes will need to take a mixture of both. If you are not fond of the idea of needles, there is now an insulin inhaler that has just been introduced to the market. It is not widely used yet, but when discussing your diabetes treatment with your doctor be sure to ask about it.
In addition, the most cutting edge diabetes treatment is the use of an insulin pump. An insulin pump site is inserted once every three days and acts like an external pancreas, giving the patient continuous short acting insulin to keep the constant blood sugar levels in normal ranges. When eating, the patient self administers insulin through the pump rather than giving shots.
Realistically, I have found this to be the best diabetes treatment for myself because I have been able to adjust my insulin rates down to the half hour rather than taking shots and waiting for the insulin to react. While on the pump, I have been able to take my A1C levels (a three month overview of sugar levels) from 7.1 to as low as 4.2 during pregnancy. Normal ranges are 4.0 to 7.0, so my doctors were quite pleased with this as was I.
Be sure to check out all of your options and take an active role in your diabetes treatment. The disease is quite manageable, especially if you take control and ask questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hi everyone, I know this is gross. I am 21 and I have extremely regular periods. I never skip or anything. But when they come, they are ridiculously heavy. Like, I cough or move in bed, and it's everywhere. Sometimes I have to wear a couple of pads. What is wrong with me? I'm not sexually active either.
There are many potential causes of heavy periods such as:
Hormonal imbalances occur when a woman is not producing the right balance of estrogen and progesterone. It is very common, especially when a woman is beginning or ending her reproductive years. This imbalance may also be caused by the wrong combination of hormone therapy. See treatment options.
Fibroids & Polyps
Abnormal growths or tumors inside your uterus, which may be removed if they are causing uncomfortable symptoms
Infections of the uterus or cervix, which can be treated with antibiotics
Disorders that impair blood clotting (thickening of the blood to slow or stop its flow). See treatment options.
Higher risk candidates for menorrhagia include:
Women who are overweight
Women who have hormonal imbalances
Women who have never been pregnant
Women with thyroid problems or diabetes
Women over 35
Call you doctor for more info.
I am going through perimenopause and I feel like I am going crazy!?
I have all the classical symptoms. My pms is horrible and I am very irritable, stressed, and depressed most of the time. I lost interest in sex. Some days I am so fatigued I can hardly stand it and the terrible insomnia I have makes it even worse. I have night sweats too. But what really tops it off is the anxiety and panic attacks, which I already have but it was under control. Now I have anxiety and panic attacks all the time and when I get my period it is even worse. Natural supplements did not work for me. I just do not know how much longer this is going to last. I can not take it any more. I have had perimenopause symptoms for many years, but now over the last 6 months things have really raged out of control. Does this possibly mean I could be reaching the end? I hope so. Please, let me know what you think and share your perimenopause experiences with me. Thank you.
I should add that I am 45 years old and I do have 4 children. I have not had a hysterectomy, but sometimes I wish I did with all this that is going on.
I sympathize with you. My menstrual cycle started very late (17 years old) and from day one, I had dysmennorrhea (painful menstrual cycles). Not just pain, but pain to the point of passing out. Motrin helped but I was still so fatigued every month that I missed anywhere from 1-3 days of work, passed out with exhaustion.
The older I got, the worse my cycles got. At 40, I made the decision to have a hysterectomy. I had no idea that life could be so good!!
You did not give your age but I want to encourage you in your search for a remedy, because one does exist for you. You can narrow it down by asking yourself some very pointed questions:
1. How old are you?
2. Do you already have children,?
3. Do you want children (more children)?
4. Is a hysterectomy an option for you?
5. How many doctors have you seen?
6. When you experiemented with supplements, did you talk to an herbalist first, or did you buy supplements that were recommended to you by a friend, co-worker or family member?
7. Do you have healthy eating/rest/exercise habits?
8. Are you overweight?
9. Do you have a family history of peri-menopause?
Many things have to be considered when dealing with the inner-workings of the female anatomy. By eliminating some things and by correcting others, your body will either heal itself or let you know what that medical treatment or surgery, may be needed.
For me, I had many negatives at work that contributed to my horrible episodes, every month. Eating lots of salty foods: chips, peanuts, pop-corn, salted pumpkin seeds, salt on all of my food. Salt causes you to retain water. Water causes excess bloating, especially during your menstrual cycle. I also ate tons of sugar. Sodas, chocolate candy, cotton candy, sugar cookies, extra sugar in my coffee. I drank lots of coffee, lots of soda, drank very little 100% juice and even less water.
I ate a sausage, egg and cheese croissant EVERY day for almost 10 years (when I worked next to a wonderful, little deli next door to Mt. Sinai Hospital), in New York City. PLUS a danish and coffee and a Pepsi. For lunch, I ate processed lunch meat sandwiches, lots of mayo, fries, chips, more Pepsi and more coffee. I love pasta and breads and very, very rich desserts. I was eating ice as if it were fine cuisine, but I stayed cold all of the time. Even in 90 and 100 degree weather I needed a light sweater wherever I went, in case a breeze blew. (Dinner was probably my healthiest meal, because my room mate and her daughter were great cooks and mostly, prepared very, well-rounded meals).
Between 30 and 35, I started gaining weight. And it was right around that time that I started to learn my family history: fibroids, hysterectomies, dysmenorrhea, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I became a little more conscientious about my eating habits (not a whole lot) and started reading about available treatments for my particular condition. Not much appealed to me and I was steadily getting worse each year.
I decided that even though I didn't have any children, the misery that I experienced every month was not worth the "what if I want to have a child later on" argument. I could always adopt or become a foster parent . But right now, I only felt good about 1 week out of every month. The next week, fluid would start building and my joints and belly would start swelling. I would develop an abcess in my mouth like clockwork, which would only resolve by taking a strong, iron tab. The next week I'd become irritable and fretful or irritable and angry. I'd cry or get mad over a little of nothing.
I'd already given up on doctors, since the last one had told me that my pain was "all in the head." (That was a popular notion back then).
A cousin who is a nurse, made an appointment for me with a doctor that she knew. And lo and behold, there WAS something wrong - I had a dermoid mole the size of a large grapefruit, that had infiltrated my uterus and tubes. A hysterrectomy was the recommendation.
At 49, the hot flashes started. (Whatever the Bible tells me to do to stay out of Hell, I try my "best-ist" to do it cause I KNOW that I can't stay in Hell)!!! Hot flashes ought to be re-named HELL FLASHES because that's how unbearable they can become! (Smile)
The doctors wanted to talk about hormone replacement therapy, but I heard one lady's story about getting cancer from hormone replacement therapy (and I realize that not everyone does). I didn't like the sound of that. And so again, I started reading. And I became interested in the effects of diffrent herbs. Now, I needed something for hot flashes, fatigue and insomnia (from Sleep Apenea), chronic sinusitis, athletes foot, excessive dry skin and hair breakage and loss.
I found help for over 90% of my issues at a local herb store. Biotin for the brittle hair and nails, Revival Soy for energy and for the hot flashes (gone after drinking these delicious, soy shakes for 90 days), Histamine Clay (sometimes called Histamine Blend) for the sinusitis and Melatonin for the insomnia. The Sleep Apenea will require me to lose 40-50 pounds and may require surgery to remove my tonsills.
I take my health much more seriously now, and I eat very, very well. I drink almost 90 ounces of water, daily. (Remember...the formula is no longer 8 glasses a day, but half your body weight). Regular exercise still remains a challenge, but I'm geting there. The hysterectomy improved the quality of my life and was the best thing I could have ever done.
The menstrual process is a nautral body function and should not cause you pain and distress. Whenever that happens, it's your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. I can't know whether a hysterectomy is right for you or not - that's something that you will have to consider and answer for yourself. But I will tell you that living with mental, physical or emotional pain and misery, is not normal and should not be tolerated.
Get on the internet and read up on some of the doctors in your area. If you have a good, family practitioner, ask him or her to recommend someone to you. And if you don't like the way that they treat you or the way that they make you feel, keep searching...your answer is out there. And if you did not talk to an herbalist or someone experienced in herbs, please get their recommendation and try again, before you give up on supplements.
Whatever you do, I want you to be encouraged and keep looking until you get better. You're going to be surprised at how much the quality of your life will improve, once you've made some decisions and settled on a course of action for your treatment options.
I'll remember you in my prayers.
At the end of my rope... what could this be?
For eight months starting two weeks after I lost my virginity, I have been having intense vaginal itching. It was first diagnosed as a yeast infection and it seemed to respond to treatment. My partner was treated too. But then, it seemed like every time we had sex it would recur. We changed condoms, lubes and eventually we abstained from sex altogether. (no sex in five months)
I have been treated for BV, yeast infections but all my swabs despite the fact the itching persists come back clear.
I have been tested for every STD under the sun, and so as he, but they were all okay (the last STD testing batch was done in October, nine months after the one time we had unprotected sex - so I am pretty confident with the results)
I was tested for diabetes.
There has of late been anal itching as well and my doctor treated me for parasites to no avail.
I have had a papsmear that was normal and a transvaginal ultrasound which showed cysts and fibroids but they cannot be correlated to the itch.
There was also thick, white discharge which smelled fishy but my doctor says that that is just coincidental as the swabs came back alright.
Does anyone know what this could be?
I have done all the normal stuff, stop using scented soaps - tampons, wear cotton undies. I don't know what else to do.
Gosh, that must be frustrating for you. I don't know if I have a definitive answer, but I can share my thoughts. The trouble is, once you start down a route of taking anti-fungals and antibiotics, you upset the natural microbial balance in your vagina leaving it an open playing field for any new, opportunistic bacteria to take hold.
1) Yeasts like candida albicans (thrush) are ubiquitous (everywhere). Which means it is easy to reinfect yourself, particularly if you are susceptible. arousal makes things moist down there, which is enough to allow a yeast to take hold. It may not be your partner who is infecting you. Have you tried boiling your undies? That works for some women. Also avoid wearing tight jeans which hold in moisture. You could try wearing skirts/dresses for a trial period, even perhaps stockings rather than tights.
2) Could it actually be an allergy? Have you tried changing your washing detergent? A long shot, I know, but again maybe worth a trial. You could hand wash your undies in toilet soap, and then boil as per (1). If your itching is more on the vulva, then it could be this, but if its more inside the vagina, then its less likely to be the cause.
3) The fishy smell but negative result sounds fishy to me! The fishy smell is caused by amines, which result from bacteria breaking down proteins. I wouldn't be so fast to write it off, despite the negative lab result. Lab results have been known to be wrong, and I am inclined trust your nose. You could consider getting tested at a different doctor/different lab, just to make sure that the first lab isn't giving false negatives.
4) If the above all fail, then a more expensive approach is to get a lab to culture and identify the microbes in your vagina (there are always some microbes there regardless of the lab test result, which is only looking for bacteria in big numbers). Maybe there is something there that is at low levels, but still enough to be irritating. If they find any suspicious strains, they could also test the strain against a range of antibiotics to see what is best at eliminating it. A cheaper approach that works for some is to swamp your vagina with good bacteria, using live culture yoghurt. This seems to work for some women.
sorry not to be more helpful, but I hope this gives you at least some options going forward. Good luck!