So you have Diabetes

(type 1)


Who else is like me?

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.

What will happen to me

Diabetes is different from the "norm" in this way

The normal body produces insulin and in Type 1 Diabetes your body does not therefore you have to abstain from eating foods high in sugar and carbs. This is true unless you take an insulin supplement which will help your cells receive glucose that you take in from foods high in carbs, and sugars.


What my body does or doesn't do

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Daily routines

  • take insulin every day
  • eat a healthy, balanced diet and stick to a diabetes meal plan
  • check their blood sugar levels several times a day
  • get regular physical activity


Exercise is also a key component of proper diabetes care. Along with all of the other benefits you will receive from being active, your diabetes will also respond in kind with more stable blood glucose levels. We have plenty of information and tips to help get you motivated and keep your exercise routines fresh.

Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, regular physical activity is important for your overall health and wellness.

With type 1, it’s very important to balance your insulin doses with the food you eat and the activity that you do – even if you are just doing house or yard work.

Planning ahead and knowing your body’s typical blood glucose response to exercise can help you keep your blood glucose from going too low or too high.


Foodies: Grains and Starchy Veggies

No one is really sure as to whether grains help you lose weight, or if they promote weight gain. Even more importantly, do they help or hinder blood glucose management?

One thing is for sure. If you are going to eat grain foods, pick the ones that are the most nutritious. Choose whole grains. Whole grains are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber.

Every time you choose to eat a starchy food, make it count! Leave the processed white flour-based products, especially the ones with added sugar, on the shelves or use them only for special occasion treats.

Foodies: Vitamins and supplementation

key nutrients that are lacking in the typical western diet such as:

  • calcium

  • potassium

  • fiber

  • magnesium

  • vitamins A (as carotenoids), C, and E.

Foodies: Non-Starchy veggies

Best Choices

The best choices are fresh, frozen and canned vegetables

  • If using canned or frozen vegetables, look for ones that say low sodium or no salt.

  • As a general rule, frozen or canned vegetables in sauces are higher in both fat and sodium.

  • If using canned vegetables with sodium, drain the vegetables and rinse with water. Then cook the rinsed vegetables in fresh water. This will cut back on how much sodium is left on the vegetables.

For good health, try to eat at least 3-5 servings of vegetables a day.

Foodies: Protein Foods

The best choices are:

  • Plant-based proteins

  • Fish and seafood

  • Chicken and other poultry

  • Cheese and eggs

Coping with Diabetes

You're Beautiful

Type 1 diabetes is a naturally occurring thing. Just because you have type 1 diabetes doesn't mean you can't live a natural healthy life. Given there will be some things that are different from people that don't have diabetes, but who wants to be normal. BE YOU!
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Support Groups to Join

These are links to different support groups and diabetes camps like in the picture above


Why you should keep your blood sugar down

Keeping your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible can be a lifesaver. Tight control can prevent or slow the progress of many complications of diabetes, giving you extra years of healthy, active life.

what foods and activities to stay away from

Diabetics should try to stay away from processed and sugary treats, it can cause blood sugar to fluctuate more than normal.

Another thing to heavily monitor is blood sugar while playing physically demanding sports, or working out, primarily cardio.

Professions that help Type 1 Diabetics

Careers in Diabetes

  • Nutritionist or dietician- helps the diabetic make a food plan!
  • Endocrinologist- monitor your hormones and helps monitor your diabetes
  • Primary care physician- help maintain health eg: checkups
  • Certified diabetic educator (CDE)- teach you more about diabetes and how you should deal with having diabetes
  • Ophthalmologist- Eye doctor if you end up having severe diabetes later in life
  • Clinical researcher-
  • Podiatrist- foot doctor if you have nerve damage in your feet
  • Psychologist or Psychiatrist- Help diabetics cope with having diabetes

Firsthand Accounts

Nico Karns

"Much of my family has had and died from diabetes, I had to go to the hospital when I was about 7 or 8 because I was near death"- Nico Karns


Alice Fitz and Courtney Gabbert

This specific rticle was written by Alice Fitz and Courtney Gabbert for their Freshman year Bio-medical science project 2.3.1 or Life of a Diabetic

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Friday, Dec. 4th, 9:15pm

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