A Day in the Life of a Type 1 Diabetic Maggie francia

History of Type 1 Diabetes

For a type 1 diabetic, there body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and regulates the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

Dietary Guidelines of a Type 1 Diabetic

Maintaining a healthy, restricted diet is crucial for type 1 diabetes management. A type 1 diabetes diet is designed to provide maximum nutrition, while limiting sugar, carbohydrates, and sodium. A good guideline for diabetics is to limit total carbohydrate consumption to 45-60 grams per meal and a diabetic plate of food would be ¼ protein, ¼ starch, ½ non starchy vegetables. However, there’s no single universal diabetes diet. It involves being mindful of how you eat and how your body will respond to certain foods. People with type 1 diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar levels. Without proper diet, exercise, and insulin therapy, a person with type 1 diabetes could suffer health complications. Lastly, because fiber does not raise blood sugar, nutrient dense carbohydrates are recommended.

Monitoring Type 1 Diabetes

Due to the pancreas not making insulin in Type 1 Diabetes, the person needs to do the job of the pancreas and replace the insulin via insulin injections or an insulin pump. The insulin acts to reduce the level of glucose in the blood. Type 1 diabetes is a life threatening condition which needs to be closely managed with daily care. Type 1 diabetes can be managed with insulin replacement through lifelong insulin injections or use of an insulin pump. Exercising, along with following a good diet or dietary plan can help one better manage their diabetes.

Lifestyle and Exercise Information

Exercise is an absolutely vital part of type 1 diabetes treatment. Staying fit and active throughout your life has many benefits, but the biggest one for people with diabetes is it helps you control diabetes and prevent long-term complications. Exercise makes it easier to control your blood sugar level. Exercise benefits people with type 1 because after exercise, your body doesn't need as much insulin to process carbohydrates.

Type 1 Diabetic Personal Story


Cited Websites

  • (http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/)
  • (http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/type-1-diabetes/type-1-diabetes-exercise )
  • (http://www.healthline.com/health/type-1-diabetes-diet#Definition1)
  • (http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/)


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