Not alone with diabetes – by Holly Rose
So on Friday 14 November, it is World Diabetes Day! Now for me this is a day were I can think about the amount of people around the world who have got diabetes, and when you see all the support for this day, it makes you feel like you are not alone with diabetes and that everyone is willing to support you.
Diabetes UK have launched Enjoy Food, which helps diabetics or a family living with diabetes get some information, tips, and tricks, about what could be good to eat and make. So I thought I would write in this blog this week about what my experiences have been like with certain foods and maybe give a few of my own tips that I use related to diabetes with food and drinks.
Now I have mentioned in a previous blog, that my bloods and meringues, never work well together. No matter how much insulin I give myself, my bloods will always be sky high! So in the end, I just say a big NO to having them. Another thing is sweetcorn. Now I always thought that the tinned sweetcorn and corn on the cob would just send my bloods in the same direction. But how wrong I was! When I have tinned sweetcorn, my bloods after I have eaten will be absolutely fine, however, when I have corn on the cob, my bloods will either be really high or really low.
Corn on the cob also caught me out, as it has completely different amount of carbs in it than just normal tinned sweetcorn. As I never realised that in one corn on the cob, and I mean one of those medium sized ones you get frozen, have about 20 grams of carbs in them. I feel like I have been talking about sweetcorn for a while now, so I won’t bore you with that any more.
I’m not really too sure whether everyone gets told about not having full sugar drinks when they are diagnosed however; this is definitely a big help for me. Now I’m not saying that you can’t ever have full sugar drinks, as how can you go the pictures and not have a Tango ice blast? Or how could I possibly go into Starbucks, and not get my favourite vanilla crème blend. However, on a normal day-to-day basis, I would suggest that sticking to diet, zero, or no added sugar, would be the best option.
From own experience, I know how bad drinks like this can affect your blood sugar levels. I remember quite early on in my diagnosis, I was unwell, and my bloods kept going really high no matter what. Now I know that this was down to Volvic Water that was full of sugar.
We had been shopping and accidently picked up the wrong one, as we didn’t know there were two versions to the drink. So every time my Mum or Dad would wake me up during the middle of the night to see if my bloods were high, they would give me a drink of this Volvic straight after giving me an injection, which was sending my bloods straight back up. Then my Mum was like “Are you sure that drink isn’t full of sugar?” Then straight away, I heard my Mum shouting from downstairs, that the drink was full of sugar.
I have learned very recently, that if I am having cereal or granola for breakfast, then I should take my insulin about 20 minutes before I eat it. This is because, and then the insulin would have started to work in my body, before the breakfast enters my system. I also think it’s best, that when I go out for a meal, I always inject my insulin after I have eaten. Now this is only because I don’t really know what the portion sizes will be like, so it is easier to see how much I eat before I inject. As knowing me, I will always want a dessert after the meal!
Thanks for reading, and as always any questions, please just ask. I also would like to say a big good luck to Melissa, who will be hopefully reading this from Australia, all going to miss you lots.