Type One Diabetes is a Lifelong Treatment
When diagnosed with type 1 or juvenile diabetes you are going to find that there is no magical treatment or pill that you can take to make it go away. It is a disease that you will have to live with for the rest of your life. It can be tricky in the beginning when a child is diagnosed as you need to change their daily routine and their eating habits. Although it can be a difficult thing for adults as well it may be easier for them to handle and to mange. There are several things that need to be done each and every day in order to maintain good health and to keep everything under control.
The goal is to keep the blood sugar level at the target number your doctor tells you. In order to do this you may need to take injections of insulin at various times throughout the day or you could use an insulin pump to regulate the medication. You will also need to take a reading of your blood sugar level several times throughout the day in order to make sure that your levels are accurate and that your medication is working correctly. Of course eating a healthy diet is going to become necessary as well. It is important to make sure that you are not eating too many carbs in one meal to prevent spikes in the blood sugar so spread them out at each meal.
Getting enough exercise is also important. This does not mean that you need to join a gym, it simply means that you need to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Going to the doctor for regular check-ups is also important. Your doctor will keep an eye out for other complications such as concerns with your kidneys, heart, nerves and your blood vessels. Many other medical concerns are lurking around the corner for someone that is diabetic and if there is a risk of something it is important to catch it as early as possible.
It goes without saying but for someone who is a smoker there is no better time than now to quit the habit. Smoking is not healthy for the body under any circumstances but for someone with type 1 diabetes is hard on the blood stream and vessels and can bring with it a higher risk for heart disease. Although many people with diabetes can have the occasional drink, it is important to speak with your doctor before doing so. If someone has a record of their blood sugar level dropping often, alcohol is a hands off drink.
Even though diabetes is a disease that is lifelong it does not have to run your life. Take control and choose a better diet, get some exercise, plenty of sleep, take your medication and pay attention to your body. By choosing a healthier lifestyle you will be able to treat your diabetes each and every day without even thinking about what you are doing.
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