One Day as a Diabetic
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General info about Type One diabetes
- What is Diabetes- A disease where you blood glucose levels are higher than normal as a result of either lack of insulin or cells not recognizing insulin.
- There are two types of diabetes; type One and type Two.
- Type One- The body does not make insulin, therefor your cells have nothing to tell them to allow glucose to enter the cell.
- Biology of the disease- Normally the body will release insulin from the pancreas when glucose enters the body. The insulin will go to the area of high glucose, attach to the cells, making the glut come, open the cell, and allow for glucose to enter the cell. If this disease is in you body you do not produce insulin. This makes you blood sugar abnormally high.
Monitoring and Adjusting
- Monitoring- to monitor you glucose levels you must prick you finger, generally with a specialized medical devices called a lancet, after you have lanced your finger you must take a monitor called a meter. this devise takes a small sample of your blood and calculate the amount of blood sugar in the blood stream.
- Adjusting- if your blood sugar is to high then you will have to take insulin. you take insulin threw a syringe, generally administered in the thy. if your blood sugar is to low you will need to eat/drink something with a high sugar content (Soda, Candy, or A sports drink).
- (Harms, 2013)
- What is safe to eat:
- Healthy Carbohydrates: Fruits, Vegetables, Whole grains, and low-fat dairy
- Fiber: Whole wheat flour and wheat bran
- Fish: cod, tuna, and salmon
- Things to avoid:
- Saturated fats- fat that consists of triglycerides containing only saturated fatty acids
- Trans fats- fatty acid of a type occurring in manufactured cooking oils as a result of the hydrogenation process
- Sodium- the chemical element of atomic number 11
- Cholesterol- a compound of the sterol type found in most body tissues
- (Harms, 2013)
Exercise and Lifestyle
- How much exercise?
- It is recommended to get between 38 and 83 minutes per 24-72 hours.
2. What kinda of exercise should you get?
- Any exercise that could get you up and moving. one might try going out for a sports team such as: Football, Track, Cross country, baseball, or marching band.
The people who can SAVE your life
- endocrinologist- Specialize in diabetes and other endocrine related deceases. They study the affects of how the disease affects your glands/hormones. For example they would look at your pancreas to see why it isn't producing insulin.
- Podiatrist- Trained to treat problems with the lower leg and feet. This is a doctor you need do to vein issues and loss of feeling in lower appendages. One may need a Podiatrist because if you do not keep you blood sugar under control you may lose, feeling, use, or even the entire appendage.
- Dentist- A person qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums. you may need a dentist because as the disease progresses you will become at high risk for things like gum disease and abnormal tooth loss.
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