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Tue Aug 28 17:20:53 UTC 2012

How can I stick to a schedule when my lifestyle does not allow for it?
Asked By: ivymae  

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on orals & Levemir plus regular before dinner...still no decent control. Do not have regular mealtimes, and support from family nonexistent. I'm tired of fighting a losing battle; can't control sugar, get chastised by doctor, try to improve, which lasts maybe a month. Slide back into family routine, sugars out of control again. Back to the doctor, cycle starts anew.
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2012-08-28 19:38:30.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Managing diabetes can be very challenging, especially when support is not readily available.

First, do you have an individualized meal and exercise plan? If not, talk with a registered dietitian about establishing one that matches your lifestyle and preferences.

Second, what would motivate you to get back and stay on track with a diabetes management program? Did you feel better and have more energy when you were able to maintain better blood glucose control?

Asking dLife indicates to me that you wish to get off the cycle. What changes are you able and willing to make to extend that blood glucose control from one month to two months and even longer?

In addition to learning more about managing diabetes, a diabetes educator can direct you to a diabetes support group in your community. A medical social worker can help you connect with other people with diabetes. These folks have experienced similar challenges and remained fierce in their determination to manage their disease. We all can learn from each other.

Check out resources for healthy coping.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2015-01-02 09:25:51.0

I have watched my wife (54) and a few years later, my son (52) die from diabetes complications because they did what they wanted. 2/3's of managing diabetes comes down to a Schedule and learning what and how much of anything you can have. You need approximately 4 hours between meals, and a small snack before going to bed. YOU, YOURSELF have to manage the illness, and not depend on someone else's schedule, or meals dictate to you.
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2012-08-31 15:57:43.0

Hi Ivymae, You did the best thing you could do for yourself by reaching out for help. Keep doing that. Families often don't understand the importance of controlling your sugars because often a high shows no immediate negative effects. My family has been supportive but even my sister who is a nurse doesn't have the understanding I have of our condition. Since you currently have no support from your family you need to reach out to every possible resource for the support you need and deserve. Keep asking questions on this board, you will get wealth of information and support. Also if you haven't already, get a list of diabetes resources, educators and support groups from your doctor. You can also do a google search diabetes support groups for your area. Start reaching out with those lists until you get the support you need. Think of your doctor and those you reach as your partners in managing your diabetes. No matter what is going on make sure to keep reaching out for help. Good Luck.
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