Living With Type 1 Diabetes
You've just been told you have type 1 diabetes. What now?
At its core, proper type 1 diabetes management is composed of a handful of elements: blood glucose control and insulin management, exercise, nutrition and support.
A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes means your pancreas is
no longer capable of producing insulin. Through multiple daily
injections with insulin pens or syringes or an insulin pump, it will be up to you to monitor your blood glucose levels and appropriately administer your insulin. You will need to work closely with your healthcare team to determine which insulin or insulins are best for you and your body.
Exercise: is also a key component of proper diabetes
care. Along with all of the other benefits you will receive from being active, your diabetes will also respond in kind with more stable blood glucose levels. We have plenty of information and tips to help get you motivated and keep your exercise routines fresh.
Nutrition: Nutrition is one of the most important pieces of the diabetes puzzle. Understanding how different foods affect your blood glucose and learning to develop solid meal plans will be a crucial part of your daily routine.
Emotional support, while not often initially considered, plays a
key role in diabetes care. Connecting with other people
living with diabetes that understand the daily grind of counting carbohyrdates, testing blood glucose multiple times each day and dealing with the various highs and lows (both physical and emotional) of life with diabetes can make all the difference.
parents of children with type 1
diabetes can Talk with people who "get it" is important, and the Online Community offers a
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You Can Do This
Living with type 1 diabetes is tough but with
proper care can be a footnote in your life's story. Balancing nutrition, exercise and proper blood glucose management techniques with the rest of your life's priorities mean anything is possible.
Living With Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others.
Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore
Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose,
which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body.
Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going
into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.
Diabetes is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique care. We encourage people with diabetes and their families to learn as much as
about the latest medical therapies and approaches, as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
Good communication with a team of experts can help you feel in control and respond to changing needs. You can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle.
Change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, maintain a healthy weight. With these positive steps, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes.
You may also be interested in books, on-line information, and special Home health care consultants like Stay Fit 4 Life they can help you set up diet and exercise programs.