Diabetic & Me

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace

Hello! Who are you? And tell us a little bit more about your diabetes.

Hey everyone! My name is Kate Wallace. Iā€™m 21 years old and currently living in England. I have Type 1 diabetes for a total of 9 years.

I’m from London, I love sport, hanging out with friends and traveling.

I was diagnosed at age 11 with diabetes type 1. I didn’t hide my diabetes at first but then began too as I went into my teenage years.

The hardest part was emotionally for my family, a lot of changes happened.

Kate Wallace

“I developed diabulimia at around the age of 13.ā€

Your treatment

How do you treat your diabetes, did a lot change over the past years and are you able to manage it well?

I get a lot of support from my boyfriend, family and friends of course!

I use an insulin pump with Novorapid insulin and a Dexcom G6 CGM. Before I used Novarapid, Levemir and Lantus insulin.

A lot has changed over the years. I developed diabulimia at around the age of 13, then at 17 I was diagnosed with nerve damage due to poor control in both my legs. However this made me realise how serious it is and important I look after myself. Now I try my hardest with my control.

I think I manage my diabetes pretty well now.

Kate Wallace

Can you recognize the symptoms of a low/high blood sugar? Do you test often and can you tell a bit more about your experiences with low blood sugar?

Yes, I can recognize them. When I have high blood sugars I always get headaches and become thirsty. When my blood sugars are low I feel shaky.

I test my blood sugar around 4 to 5 times a day.

To treat my low blood sugars I use Glucogel.

Never have I fainted before due to a low blood sugar. Thank god.

Food and diet

How does your diabetes affect your eating and do you find being on a diet restrictive?

For breakfast I normally eat toast or cereal, for lunch a sandwich and for dinner a salad, chicken or pizza. Sometimes I skip meals.

I love pizza and I like to go out eating at Nandos, Pizza Express and any fancy restaurant. For snacks I eat fruit, biscuits and maybe some crisps.

Normally I stick to my insulin schedule when I eat something.

I drink one liter of water per day.

Being on a diet can be restrictive and I can get annoyed when somebody asks me something about a certain food I can or can’t eat. Because being diabetic doesn’t mean you can’t eat certain food, you just have to bolus your insulin correctly.

Do you believe that a plant based diet can improve diabetes? Did you ever experiment with this?

I have never tried this. But potentially it could.

Do you have a hard time eating out in a restaurant? And what are you thoughts on making this easier?

I used to have a hard time eating out while I was on injections. However now I’m on an insulin pump, my life became so much easier!

“Talk to other diabetics! It really helps.”

Exercise and work

Does your diabetes restrict you from exercise or your daily job?

I run, cycle and swim. I exercise about 5 to 6 times a week.

Just about to start my new job as a police officer! I don’t let my diabetes effect me in any job I’ve done.

Kate Wallace

Final

Do you have any positive or negative effects because of your diabetes?

To manage my diabetes better I try to keep good control on it.

The hardest part about having diabetes is that it gets really lonely and no one that close to me understands what I go through daily.

But the best thing about it is having friends that are diabetic and all the amazing doctors and nurses who have looked after me!

Kate Wallace

What is the best advice that you can give to non-diabetics, new diagnosed diabetics and diabetics?

We can eat what we want and it is just as serious as any other illness or condition.

It gets better over time and you will learn to live with it!

Talk to other diabetics! It really helps.

What would you ask the other diabetics?

Have you heard of diabulimia? If so, how did you find out about it?

Feel free to answer in the comments below.

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