Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes was previously known as juvenile diabetes because it is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease, with 90-95% have Type 2 Diabetes. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.

The Good News

You can live a long and healthy life by keeping your blood glucose levels (the amount of sugar in your blood) in the target range set by your doctor.  This can be done by:

  • Eating healthy meals and snacks
  • Enjoying regular physical activity
  • Taking diabetes medications (including insulin), if prescribed by your doctor

Managing Your Diabetes

Here are some ideas on how you can manage your diabetes and help maintain your overall health and wellness.

  • Don’t smoke
  • Follow a balanced meal plan
  • Be physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Take your medication as prescribed
  • Manage your stress effectively
  • Keep your blood pressure close to target level
  • Check your blood glucose levels regularly and keep them within your target range
  • Keep your cholesterol and other blood fats within your target range
  • Take care of your feet
  • In addition to regular check-ups with your doctor, also include regular visits to your dentist and eye care specialist (every one to two years)

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