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How to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

My name is Diabetic Decipher! Here I will share my experience with diabetes and tips and tricks I have learned.

How To Treat Type 1 Diabetes - General

Treating type 1 diabetes isn't going to have a cut and dry plan that 100% works for everyone. Through this article, I will be sharing a general plan (the minimum steps) along with more specific steps that work for me. This way, a broad spectrum of treatment options can be given and at least considered.

The most important step which resolves the fundamental issue with diabetes, receiving insulin in order to make up for your body's lack of production. "Type 1 diabetes is not easy to prevent but can be treated by supplying more insulin to body," (Bobb, Ray). This is obviously the minimum that should be taken into account when treating type 1 diabetes, but nonetheless the most important. If you have diabetes, you need to be taking insulin injections.

"Diet and exercise can also play a role in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes," (Bobb, Ray). The next most important things for treating diabetes, as defined by Ray Bobb, is to use diet and exercise to help manage your blood sugar. He later states in his article that a diet high in protein, carbohydrates, and fiber are very important in helping mange blood sugar levels. Also, a proper exercise plan will help to keep the blood sugar at a stable level (Bobb, Ray).

Bobb clarifies one more thing in his article about the methods of treating type 1 diabetes. His final declaration is, "Individuals with this disease also need to have a regular blood sugar test. Since the insulin is administered to treat this diabetes, a proper check must be done to track blood sugar. A regular check up should also be a part of done your diabetes management program," (Bobb, Ray). In order to get the right amount of insulin, patients with the disease need to knew where their blood sugar levels are at. When managing diabetes, keeping your blood sugar levels in a normal range (usually clarified as between 70-120 mg/dL) is key to having good management.

To read Ray Bobb's article in its entirety, use the link below! He has several other articles about different type 1 diabetes topics.

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How To Treat Type 1 Diabetes - More Specific Management

The above section clarified what every diabetic should be doing, as the bare minimum. But to really get control of your diabetes, there is going to be a trial and error process to know what works for you. As a brief initial example, I was rudely introduced to one of my biggest challenges at the beginning; delayed lows. For me, I work out about 3-4 times a week. I have since I was diagnosed with diabetes back in 2012. So when I got back into exercising after being diagnosed, I realized very soon that it wasn't going to be the same as before. After working out, my blood sugar would drop rapidly 6-8 hours after I had finished working out. This was a problem at first because I usually worked out later in the day, either before or after dinner. This puts my delayed low right in the middle of the night. Over time, I learned to counter this by eating foods that stay with me for a longer period of time and not give insulin for the full amount of carbs I was eating. This food includes pasta, pizza, fried food, and anything potato. This is just one part of the battle.

Along with eating the right food, I had to figure out how many carbs to give insulin before as every workout wasn't the same. This is important to have figured out in my case because if I gave too much insulin, I was back down where I wouldn't ended up from my delayed low. But, If I didn't give enough insulin, my blood sugar would've gone too high. It was a fine line that I had to zone in on. I like to tell myself I have this figured out by now, but to tell the honest truth, there are still days after a workout where I go high or low.

No workout is the same so it is hard to know how many carbs will correctly adjust for the activity I did. Generally speaking, I have the amount of carbs I need to eat based on what I am working out. My different workout types include: back and biceps, chest and triceps, legs and shoulders, and cardio. For me, I have the worst delayed lows with legs and cardio. These workouts just take more of a toll on my body as a whole and it will make my blood sugar bottom out if the correct precautions aren't taken.

Whats The Take Away?

My main take away from this article is that you just have to find what works for you. At the beginning of figuring out your diabetes management, it is going to be hard. But over time, you will learn what works for you and your body and it will become like a second nature. After having diabetes for almost a decade now, I barely have to think about what I'm doing for my management of my diabetes (except for unusual situations).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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