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Living With Type 1 Diabetes

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Julie Reid

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Living With Type 1 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes
Common Misconceptions
Because Type 1 Diabetes has been studied for so many years, and the treatments are always advancing, there are many misconceptions that people have formed- old fashioned ideas that are no longer correct. For example:
Living With Type 1 Diabetes
By Abigael
How Is Type 1 Diabetes Managed?
Fortunately, there are ways of managing Type 1 Diabetes. Since my pancreas cannot monitor the sugar, or glucose, in my blood, I use a lancet, or needle, to prick my finger and take a sample of blood. This tells me how much sugar is in my body. I give myself just enough insulin to cover the food I am eating. I take this insulin through a shot. I do this several times a day: whenever I eat. If my blood sugar level is too high or too low, I adjust my insulin or eat carbohydrates as needed.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
The pancreas is a part of the body that produces something called insulin. Insulin is the "key" that unlocks the cells so sugar can get in and become energy. My pancreas cannot make insulin, so I have to give it to myself. This condition is called Type 1 Diabetes.
Hi! I am here today to tell you about something you probably haven't heard of, but something that is a part of my daily life. I have a condition called Type 1 Diabetes. It isn't contagious, it isn't usually dangerous, but it has no cure and requires the proper treatment. What is Type 1 Diabetes? Just wait, and I'll tell you all about it!
Many of you may have heard of Diabetes. Perhaps a relative, such as a grandparent, has this condition. However, there are two types of Diabetes. The kind I have is Type 1. Scientists still don't know what causes Type 1 Diabetes. The more common kind, that you may know about, is Type 2. People with Type 2 are not insulin-dependent. Their bodies still make insulin. The two types of Diabetes are often confused, but actually they are very different and unrelated.
The idea that Type 1 diabetes is caused by too much sugar. That's actually Type 2!
The idea that people with Type 1 Diabetes can't eat foods with sugar or carbs. Again, that's Type 2! It used to be true, but now doctors have found new treatments and fast-acting insulin, so I can eat whatever I want!
The idea that people with Type 1 Diabetes have to follow a dietary and exercise plan, and can only eat at certain times. Again, that used to be true, but now people with T1D can eat whenever they want! Many of the books or articles you might see about T1D are outdated, so watch out for misconceptions like these!
Things Type 1 Diabetes stops me from doing:
Things I can do despite my Diabetes:
Pretty much anything. Reach for the stars!
Every day, doctors are working to find a miraculous cure for Type 1 Diabetes- a way to kick-start the pancreas and return insulin to the body. Until the day the cure comes, we keep hoping, and we never give up.
Diabetes Dangers
There are two main dangers that people with Type 1 Diabetes try to avoid on a daily basis.
High Blood Sugar-
If my body needs more insulin, then I have too much sugar in my blood. This is high blood sugar, and it can lead to long-term damage if untreated.
Low Blood Sugar-
If my body has more insulin than it needs, this leads to low blood sugar. This needs to be treated ASAP by eating something with carbs.
One thing I have learned about Type 1 Diabetes since I was diagnosed four years ago is that it can't stop me from doing anything. As long as I put my heart into it, I can do anything I want to with my life. As I thrive despite my Diabetes, there are a few other people with Type 1 Diabetes who have helped me learn this valuable lesson. Among them are:
Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice
Jay Cutler, quarterback of the Chicago Bears
Nick Jonas, member of the band "The Jonas Brothers"
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