Living with Type 1 Diabetes

About Diabetes, Diet, Life style choices, and more!

About Type 1 Diabetes...

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when there is too much sugar/glucose in your blood.Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. This version of diabetes is when the body is unable to produce insulin. There are circumstances where it produces scarce Insulin but not much. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. Since insulin lets glucose into the cells, it is very vital to the human body. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Although maintaining a healthy life with diabetes can be stressful, you can still live a normal and successful life. Click on the video below for more information.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

What Can I Eat?

Diet is very important when it comes to living with diabetes. When it comes to eating you must be vigilant, but you don't have to deprive yourself from the foods you love most. The key is that everything should be eaten in moderation. As a diabetic there are a few things that aren't good for the body; for instance too many carbohydrates. Carbohydrates have a big impact on your blood sugar levels—more so than fats and proteins. Everyone knows that carbs are composed of sugar and starches, which can be risky for a diabetic. "The goal ... is to take in enough carbohydrates to nourish ourselves, but never so much that it causes high blood sugars," says Linda Sartor, a diabetes nutrition specialist at the Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. As Sartor says, eat enough to keep you healthy but don't abuse the consumption of them. In other words eat in moderation. Foods you should focus on are: high-fiber, slow-release carbs. Make sure to be smart about what types of carbs you eat.

Delicious Healthy Food Ideas!

  • Breakfast

Spanish Omelet / Tortilla española This tasty dish provides a healthy array of vegetables and can be used for breakfast, brunch, or any meal! Serve with fresh fruit salad and a whole grain dinner roll.

  • Lunch

This light version of the traditional Reuben sandwich contains reduced-fat Swiss cheese and lower-sodium deli roast beef. Lose the top slice of bread to make it a low-carb lunch.

  • Dinner

Tangy balsamic sauce is the perfect accompaniment to herb-rubbed steaks. Ready in no time, this diabetic dinner is simply delicious.

Diet Recommendations

Dietary habits are one of the most important pieces of the diabetes puzzle. Understanding how different foods affect your blood glucose will be very essential to your daily routine. For those who do not know how foods affect your blood glucose follow the link below for a better understanding. It is also my recommendation that you develop solid meal plans. This will help you get on track and also ensure that you make healthier choices. Follow the second link to sign up for free recipes and meal plans!

High Blood Sugar

Blood sugar or blood glucose refers to sugar that is transported through the bloodstream to supply energy to all the cells in our bodies.

Lets say you eat too much, or don't get enough exercise or perhaps you don't have enough insulin in your body. The result of this would be Hyperglycemia, which is just a medical term for high blood sugar. Some symptoms include, increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, stomach pain, and very dry mouth. If your blood sugar is over 240, it is too high. Having too much sugar in your bloodstream is never good therefore you must take care of it right away. When this occurs, Insulin medication will be the fastest way to bring down the glucose levels. If you need more help on how to inject click the link below for detailed steps on how to do so. Apart from that, taking part in physical activity will also bring levels down rapidly. Exercise results in an increased sensitivity to insulin. It forces your muscle cells to take up more glucose, leaving less of it in your bloodstream.

Low Blood Sugar

Let's say this time you too much insulin, or missed a meal or even exercised excessively. These actions can lead to Hypoglycemia. This is a medical term for low blood sugar. Some symptoms include blurred vision, shakiness, sweating, weakness, and extreme hunger. If your blood sugar is under 70, it is too low. Once this occurs you must take care of it right away. To get your blood sugar to return to normal drink a sugar contained beverage. For example orange juice, or a glass of milk. You can also eat candy. There are also tablets and gel made of glucose that can be purchased at the drug store. After treating your low blood sugar, make sure you eat a snack if your next meal is more than 30 minutes away.


Exercise is also a vital portion when it comes with living with diabetes. Getting enough exercise will help you improve your blood sugar control, boost your overall fitness, and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Before you exercise be sure to check your blood sugar. Some exercises could include: fast walking, lap swimming, bicycling etc. (While exercising you may need to check your blood sugar every 30 minutes, if you have low blood sugar) Then after exercising check blood sugar again.

Lifestyle Choices

Diabetes can not necessarily be cured but it can be well managed. When managing diabetes, you must make good choices. This meaning you have to choose to eat healthy and exercise on a daily basis. Make eating healthy and exercising a habit, that way you can have good benefits in the long run. You also have to choose to not excessively engage in drugs. According to statistics smokers with diabetes have higher risk of serious health complications. Make smart decisions and be careful with everything you do. Put some thought into it before you take action.

Exercise and Controlling Diabetes.

Exercise makes it easier to control your blood glucose (blood sugar) level. Exercise benefits people with type 1 because it increases your insulin sensitivity. In other words, after exercise, your body doesn't need as much insulin to process carbohydrates.

Professionals that can Help!

A Dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. They can help diabetics by helping set a good meal plan, teaching how to count carbohydrates in their foods, and contacting doctors. This can be very valuable to a diabetic therefore they help a lot.

A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in prediabetes,diabetes prevention, and management. The CDE educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. They can help diabetics learn how to manage diabetes and educate them on how to go about things.

Clinical research is a branch of healthcare science that determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use.They can help diabetics by ensuring that they intake effective medicines like insulin, and their injection syringes are created to their best ability and well developed

Words of Hope

" When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes I had honestly thought the end was near. But it wasn't the end at all. In fact it was a new beginning, to get my life together and to live a healthier lifestyle. Even though managing diabetes is stressful, it is definitely doable. I love my life and everyone else with diabetes should learn to love theirs too" -Henrietta Richard

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