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Re: [IPk] low carbs/no carbs

When I was diagnosed, I felt like I did an A-level in T1 in a day.  
That was after I'd recognised my symptoms, booked a convenient appointment & 
taken the urine sample in.

Then I got the pump & it was like being diagnosed all over again 
because of the amount of things I had to learn.

With the number of pumpers being comparatively low & as we're the 
only people who can reduce nocturnal basals after low-carb days / dinners, the 
amount of practise clinicians get in teaching that is low.

The reactive approach to hypo management is "cut your basal", if you 
then eat more carbs, you have a problem.

The level of education amongst members of this group is higher than 
average.  I often wonder whether that is because insulin pumps are allocated 
based on the patient's ability to argue their case, rather than just 
clinical need.  If general academic prowess is an indicator of ability to learn, we 
have that.

There is also the less understood effect of "OMG, if I don't learn 
this, I die!!!", which seems to enhance people's learning capacity, unless 
they are severely depressed.

The more clinicians try to teach, the better they get at it.


> On 15 Jan 2014, at 09:47, Diana Maynard <email @ redacted> wrote:
> For many people, this kind of info is way too complicated to even bother trying to explain though! Some people struggle with even basic 
> Di
>> On 15/01/2014 09:44, Rhoda Martin wrote:
>> Christine, I suspect the dietitians *may* have covered this in 
>> training but like many of us, unless we use it often, it tends to 
slip below
>> the memory horizon!  Also a common dictum among dietitans and 
medics for us
>> lay dmers is "keep it simple".  It also means, "inaccurate" and 
leaves a lot
>> of tools for dm management out of range for most dmers.
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