Life of a Type 1 Diabetic Mykaylah Smith & Kanasia Alameda

Background of Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic illness characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin due to the autoimmune destruction of the beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin controls how much glucose gets into the blood stream. Lack of insulin results in the inability to use glucose for energy or to control the amount of sugar in the blood.

Dietary guidelines

The dietary guidelines for a/an type diabetic is 45-60 grams per meal of carbohydrates. Also, remember that you may have up to 180 grams of sugar a day. Make smart food choices everyday by eating wheat instead of white bread, natural (whole) fruit not juice, canned vegetables, brown rice, etc. The daily ratio of percentage of grams in the diet for a diabetic should be but limited to; 55:20:25 (carbs:fats:proteins). Remember when you make choices of foods to eat, keep in mind when you eat vegetables you will get many fibers and little fat or salts... Unless you add them.

How should I monitor my blood sugar daily?

You should monitor your blood sugar level after washing your hands, insert a test strip into your meter. Next, you will draw blood from your fingertip and wait for the results to show on the meter. At times of: morning, before lunch, after lunch, and before going to bed. Your A1C test level should be under 7%. Before a meal your blood sugar level should be anywhere from 80-130 mg/dl. 1-2 hours after a meal your blood sugar level should be under 180 mg/dl. You can rely on the A1C test to measure of blood sugar over a period of two to three months; as to the meter testing is a way to measure your daily glucose level.

Ways to live more healthy battling Diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease but it should not stop you from living your normal life... Except you may not be able to eat as much sugar as you were before being diagnosed. Although, there is not a cure for diabetes, you still can manage to stay healthy and fit... Another way to help your body with diabetes is to get more hours of sleep, do not drink alcohol, do not please do not SMOKE. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and taking prescribed medicine will help you reduce the blood glucose in a healthy way. You should always monitor your blood sugar before and after exercising. Being a diabetic you should limit your amount of running and weight lifting... 20-30 minutes a day is just enough.

As you look above these are examples of what you may do to stay fit and healthy.

Personal quotes and pictures

To the left: In 1957 Jackie Robinson was diagnosed with type I diabetes. To the right: "Winning the gold is more than the dream of a lifetime coming true. And realizing you're the best in the world when you've dedicated your life to something is very humbling -- with or without diabetes," Gary says. Gary Hall was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in the year of 2000.


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