DIABETES By Nolan Jackson and Brad Cammarata


You have just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Most people are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at birth through early childhood. When you have diabetes, you can't absorb sugar from your blood correctly. Because of diabetes, your body cannot make insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar out of your bloodstream. A non-diabetic person needs sugar to function, just not too much. Diabetes makes it to where you need even less sugar to be safe, because too much in the bloodstream can give you high blood pressure, which is not good for your health.

Sugar, or glucose, such as the stuff in your bloodstream


In general, you should try to avoid sugary foods. You do not want too much carbohydrates, as you cannot get them out of your bloodstream. Some healthy foods for a diabetic are: vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, poultry, and fish. Try to pick foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, rather than processed foods. Try to manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. You want to keep your carbohydrates intake steady over your meals. Most people with type 1 diabetes should eat between 45 and 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal. Depending on how you manage your diabetes, you may need more or less than the given number of carbohydrates.

Foods like pasta and rice have lots of carbohydrates in them.

Blood Sugar Monitoring

When you have Type 1 diabetes, it is very important for you to monitor your blood sugar. You should keep a journal of your blood glucose level at all times, because it can help your doctor know if the diabetic health plan is working. When you check your blood sugar levels you should: wash your hands, enter a strip into your meter, draw a drop of blood from your fingertip with your lancing device, then put your blood on the testing strip and wait for the result. The meter will show the results. What you want to aim for is different for everybody, but some general guidelines are: A1C-7% (A1C may also be represented by eAG, in which case you might want 154 mg/dL), 80-130 mg/dL (before the meal), and less than 180 mg/dL (1-2 hours after meal). Keep track of these results to make sure your diabetic plan is working. Keep in mind that the results do not mean anything else, and it is definitely not something to judge yourself by.

This is an example of one of the many types of lancing devices.

Lifestyle/Exercise Information

It is very important to balance your insulin doses with the food that you eat and the activities that you do. Because of your diabetes, you should plan ahead. Always check your blood sugar before you start exercising. If your blood sugar is ever too low, eat a sugary snack. Always keep a sugary snack with you just in case. If your blood sugar is ever too high, check your blood or urine for ketones. If you test positive, avoid exercise; if you test negative, and feel fine, you should be fine. Your healthcare team will help you find the perfect balance to be fine in all situations.

Fruit snacks and gummies are great options to keep with you in case of emergencies.

Don't worry, these people made it big time with diabetes, so you can continue to live your life too.

Works Cited Page

"American Diabetes Association." American Diabetes Association. American Diabetes Association, 2016. Web. 06 Dec. 2016.

Colwell, Todd, Sid Fein, Mary Barbato, Sue Ennis, and Monica Dennis. "DLife - For Your Diabetes Life | Diabetes | Type 1 Diabetes | Type 2 Diabetes." DLife - For Your Diabetes Life | Diabetes | Type 1 Diabetes | Type 2 Diabetes. DLife, 2015. Web. 06 Dec. 2016.

@healthcentral. "Diabetes - Find Community, News, Information on Diabetes." @healthcentral. Heathyhal, 2016. Web. 06 Dec. 2016.

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