Having Type 1 Diabetes

How to deal with the new change

Background Knowledge

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insluin, causing the glucose to be unable to get into the cell to give it the energy it needs.

Experienced diabetic

Dylan Fansher is a 12 year old girl who was first diagnosed at the age of 6 with type one diabetes. She says since then her life has been forever changed.

How old were you when you were diagnosed with diabetes?

I was 6 years old.

What were you feeling when you were told you had diabetes?

I was scared because I didn’t know what it was.

What are some foods you need to avoid eating, and why?

Sugar drinks and high carb foods because they make my blood sugar go dangerously high.

Are there any nutrients in foods that you need to make sure you consume everyday? If so what foods and why?

All the required vitamins, proteins, and healthy fats. Fiber is really good for me because it slows down the way the carbs are digested.

How many times a day do you have to check your blood sugar?

6-8 times per day.

How has your daily life style changed since being diagnosed with type one diabetes?

It’s hard because I have to be aware of my blood sugars almost every minute. It affects my mood swing and especially when I play sports or when I have PE.

What advice would you give someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes?

You have to have a lot of people around you to keep pushing you to stay healthy because I get mad about my diabetes a lot. The good thing is that I can still do almost everything I want, like playing my favorite sports or doing my favorite things.

Foods To Avoid

Being diagnosed with diabetes can change what you eat and what you can't eat anymore. When eating try to avoid eating foods with lots of sugar, cholesterol, and fat. 12 year old Dylan Fansher tells of what foods she has to avoid to keep herself healthy and her diabetes in check, "I have to avoid sugary drinks and high carb foods because they make my blood sugar go dangerously high."

Diet Plan

Having diabetes can impact your meal plan completely. From what you can no longer eat, to what you need more of. Here are a few things a type one diabetic usually try to consume daily.

1) Fruits are natural sources of sugar for your body and are the healthier option for getting the right kind of sugar.

2) When eating vegatables focus on the ones with few carbohrydrates but are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Ex. asparagus, beets, carrots, celery, ect.

3) Eating whole grains can help pack nurtion and extra fiber in your body.

Blood sugar monitoring


Blood sugar monitoring is an important role in being a diabetic. You will need to check your blood glucose levels as an essential measure of your health. Blood sugar monitoring is used to help adjust your dietary intake, physical acticity, and insulin doses.


Your doctor will tell you how often you should check your blood sugar level. If you have type 1 Your doctor may recommend blood sugar testing four to eight times a day. You may need to test before meals and snacks, before and after exercise, before bed, and occasionally during the night.


Blood sugar monitoring helps

  • Tell how well you're reaching overall treatment goals
  • Understand how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels
  • Monitor the effect of diabetes medications on blood sugar levels
  • Identify blood sugar levels that are high or low



Blood Glucose Monitoring: ACCU-CHEK Nano SmartView System

Exercise and Lifesyle

-Exercise makes it easier to control your blood glucose level. Exercise benefits people with type 1 because it increases your insulin sensitivity. Making it that after exercise, your body doesn't need as much insulin to process carbohydrates.

-Make sure If you don't currently exercise, talk to your doctor before starting. Especially if you're an adult with type 1 diabetes, you should have a full physical to make sure you're ready to be more active.

- The American Diabetes Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity of exercise a week, which means working out for 30 minutes each of the five days of the week.


Adding a Dietician to your team

A Dietician can help develop a food plan that takes your eating preferences, schedule, and nutrition requirements into account when making your food plan. Usually as soon as you’re diagnosed with diabetes you’ll be referred to a dietitian so that you can get help and information about what to eat and when, for better blood sugar control.


Adding a Diabetes Educator to your team

Adjusting to the new life changes of being a diabetic can be stressful and difficult, but a way to make it a little bit easier is by getting a diabetes educator to help keep you healthy and active. A diabetes educator job is to work with you to help develop a plan on how to stay healthy, and give you the tools and support to make that plan a part of your life.
What is a Diabetes Educator?

Adding a Endocrinologist to your team

An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in treating diabetes. By having a endocrinologist they will help by managing your diabetes and its complications. For a new diabetic having a Endocrinologist can be very useful in making sure everything is the way it's suppose to be and keeping everything stable.