Type 1 Diabetes

What is it??

Type 1 Diabetes

So you just got diagnosed with diabetes? Bummer! But that's why we, along with other Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) are here to help. We provide the information necessary for maintaining your diabetes and telling you how it works. When we eat food, glucose goes into our bloodstream. But we need insulin, made in the pancreas, for our cells to be able to make it into energy. Think of the cell as the party room, and the glucose wants to party! The Insulin receptors are like body guards, only letting glucose in if its with its buddy, Insulin. Once the Insulin receptors call the glucose transport protein to let the glucose in, the glucose transport protein opens the door to the party room, where glucose gets turned into energy, where its the life of the party! We need this energy to do all the fun things in life! However, with Type 1 Diabetes, no insulin is produced!

Signs and Symptoms:

· Having to potty

· Being thirsty

· Losing weight

· Hunger(om nom nom)

· Blurry vision

· Sleepy

Keeping your Diabetes in check

Insulin shots are the key factor to keeping you healthy. Because your body isn't properly making it, you have to put in the the body yourself. It may sound scary, but don't worry, plenty of people go through it and you get used to it after a while. One new development is the insulin pump, which automatically regulates and delivers the amount of insulin your body needs. You also will need to go see a special doctor, an en-do-crin-olo-gist, to help determine how much insulin your body will need. You'll also need to make sure you eat healthy, with foods that doesn't have to much glucose. That's what a dietician is for. They'll help you choose what and what not to eat, like fruits and veggies, and pasta, because they have the necessary nutrients you need. However, you must watch your intake of carbohydrates, a fancy word for glucose or sugar. Simple sugars like milk can hurt your diabetes, but complex sugars like whole wheat bread provide energy all day long.

Exercise and the Dangers of Diabetes

Daily exercise is a must for new diabetics but you must make your sure not to increase the intensity all at once. When you exercise, your blood glucose levels increase, so you have to regulate your workouts to be timed with your insulin. The dangers of diabetes include stroke, heart disease, and organ failure if your blood glucose levels remain too high. Your cells can actually shrink because of how much glucose is in your blood, so remember to drink lots of water during exercise as well.


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By Haley Karlas and Abbi Nardi