How does type 1 diabetes affect daily life?

Although there is currently no cure for diabetes, it is possible to lead an almost normal life with the disease nowadays. people can largely decide for themselves what kind of treatment they would like and how to fit it into their daily lives. Like any chronic condition, diabetics must take medication every day. People who do not follow their treatment plan properly often feel quite normal and do not necessarily notice that their blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. However, this can lead to serious health problems in the long term. People with type 1 diabetes need to pay a little more attention to:
 
  • Blood sugar levels a few times a day by testing a small blood sample
  • Administering insulin injections or use an insulin pump
  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet and paying special attention to the amounts of sugars and starches in the food they eat and the timing of their meal
  • Getting regular exercise to help control blood sugar levels and help avoid some of the long-term health problems that diabetes can cause, like heart disease
  • Having regular checkups with doctors and other people on their diabetes health care team so they can stay healthy and get treatment for any diabetes problems
 
 
Keeping your blood sugar level close to normal most of the time can dramatically reduce the risk of many complications including:
 
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney damage (nephropathy)
  • Eye damage
  • Foot damage 
  • Skin and mouth conditions 
  • Pregnancy complications

 

living with type 1 diabetes
 
 

Sources
  • "Type 1 Diabetes." Type 1 Diabetes - Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 02 Aug. 2014. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.
  • "Type 1 Diabetes: Overview." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 23 Oct. 2013. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.
  • "Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital." Type 1 Diabetes. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Apr. 2012. Web. 22 Apr. 2017.

 

From Our Blog: Top 5 Reasons to Monitor Your Blood Sugar
While there is currently no cure for diabetes, regularly monitoring your glucose levels can help you to take the necessary steps in regulating your blood sugar and live a healthy life. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Monitor Your Blood Sugar:
 
top 5 reasons to monitor your blood sugar infographic

 

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