Having Type 1 Diabetes
How to deal with the new change
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.
When Blood Sugar Rises (Normal body response) Step 1
Blood suagr rises, the beta cells release insulin from the pancreas.
Insulin allows glucose to enter the cell and be stored as glycagen in the liver.
Blood level goes back to normal.
When Blood Sugar Drops (Normal body response) Step 1
Blood sugar drops, Glucagon is released by alfa cells.
Glucagon tells glycagen to turn into glucose.
Blood level goes back to normal
Foods To Avoid
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
Exercise and Lifesyle
-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.