I look at life with type 1 diabetes as nothing more than a slight inconvenience. I say slight because I have had type 1 diabetes for many years now and I am used to it. It is part of my life. In the early years it took a lot of getting used to and dare I say it, a lot of trial and error. Most of these posts are aimed at kids with diabetes to work in a new diabetes diet and lifestyle into your day to day life. Life with type 1 diabetes did not mean a drastic or radical change in my diet or lifestyle – that is the good news. It did however mean having some serious education about what foods to eat and about the effects of insulin on the body.
As the title suggests having good diabetes health means getting your head in the game to make a few simple adjustments to form some new habits. If you don’t know that insulin can kill you on the spot then you need to get to grips with that ASAP. It is not a medication to be messed around with. Counting carbs was something I tried to get my head around very early in my life as a diabetic. I found it was helpful to a degree, but the book went right out the window when trying to judge how many carbs are in a bowl of white rice. White rice i consider to be one of the worst possible foods to eat as a diabetic. My blood sugar levels run off the charts for up to 12 hours afterwards. Brown rice I find is a much better alternative. It is way, way, way better for you and makes your blood glucose levels much easier to judge.
Another big change for me was the effect of exercise on my blood sugar levels. Be aware that you won’t want a big dose of insulin before any strenuous activity. The exercise itself will naturally lower your blood sugar. Be aware of the symptoms of having a hypo, ie sweating, dizziness, confusion to name a few. These symptoms were never ideal to experience when I was playing football! LOL. When exercising it is ideal to carry some jelly beans with you or at very least carry some loose change on you and know where the nearest shop is so that you can quickly get to the store to buy a coke or orange juice.
Watching out for the effects of white rice and exercise are two key habits I have formed since being a teenager with diabetes. There are many and numerous other habits you should think about in your life with type 1 diabetes. Feel free to add some more ideas by emailing me.