Living with Type 1 Diabetes

TaNijah Neal-Davis, Ariana Hansberry, Morgan Gravely

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

If you have type 1 diabetes, then your body doesn't produce enough insulin to handle glucose in your body. Glucose is sugar your body uses for energy. Having too much glucose in your body can cause serious complications. In order to avoid this, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin to help their bodies use glucose effectively.

Type 1 Diabetes Diet

The best way to stay healthy when eating as a type 1 diabetic is to focus on nutritional foods that are high in vitamins and minerals, while limiting foods high in fat and sugar.

Fruits

Grapefruit, oranges


Vegetables

Leafy greens, carrots, onions, peppers, tomatoes


Whole Grains

Brown rice, bran cereal, whole grain breads


Carbohydrates

Beans, starches, pasta, bread


Proteins

Meat, eggs, beans

A discussion of the role of blood sugar monitoring and adjustment - TaNijah

People that have type one diabetes have to carefully monitor the amount of sugar in their blood by measuring it several times a day. They also have to inject themselves with insulin to keep their blood sugar levels within a healthy range. To monitor their blood glucose level a small drop of blood is used.

Recommendations for exercise and lifestyle - TaNijah

When you have type one diabetes its very important to have a balance between a healthy diet and exercise. Staying active helps to control diabetes and also helps prevent long term issues you could possibly have. Exercise is good for people with type one diabetes because it increases your insulin sensitivity and you won't need to take it as much to process carbohydrates. Things like Yoga, going for a walk, or even Zumba would be some good things to do for exercise. Making sure you maintain a healthy diet is also a big part. Too much of anything can have an impact on your blood pressure so you want to make sure that you're balancing your diet between sweets, fruits, vegetables, and protein.

biomedical Professionals that help can help diabetics - Ariana

Dietitians can help you set up meal plans and they are a great support system. They teach you how to count your carbohydrates in your foods and help you if you have any food related questions. They can help you track your blood sugar and help you lose weight. They'll teach you how to monitor your progress


Endocrinologist can help you manage your diabetes by prescribing insulin and/or medications, offering diet plans. They can help you keep a close watch on your blood glucose levels. Most people with type 1 diabetes when first diagnosed.


CDE's will work with you to develop a plan to stay healthy and help you keep that plan as a regular part of your life. They can give you tools and ongoing support. May be nurses, dietitians, doctors, pharmacists, podiatrists, counselors or exercise physiologists.

BONUS

Life is not over because you have diabetes. Make the most of what you have, be grateful.

Dale Evans

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