Type 1 Diabetes Management

Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disorder caused by the autoimmune destruction of insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas. Without an adequate amount of insulin, the body cannot transport glucose from the blood into the cells, causing glucose levels in the blood to become elevated. Patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes must make various lifestyle changes to ensure proper management of blood glucose levels and to avoid potential disease complications.

Diet
While the dietary recommendations for diabetics may seem complicated at first, a second glance will illuminate the fact that a diabetic diet is the same healthy diet recommended for everyone. 

  • Keep a routine
    Your blood sugar will fluctuate based on your meal schedule. Eat three nutritionally balanced meals each day; do not skip meals. Make an effort to include the same amounts of carbohydrate and protein in each meal as the day before. If a meal may be late, always carry snacks.
     
  • Choose healthy foods
    Avoid Trans and saturated fats. Control consumption of carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches. When choosing proteins, focus on leaner meats, such as poultry and fish. Learn to count your carbs, as they have the biggest influence on blood sugar level.

Exercise
Regular physical activity, like a healthy diet, is essential for maintaining good health. For those with diabetes, exercise can improve the body’s ability to utilize glucose and lower the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Smoking
Not only does smoking increase your risk for developing cancer and other serious medical conditions, it can also keep you from adequately managing your diabetes. If you need help quitting, consult with your doctor. To find a physician, contact Southern Hills Hospital at (702) 880-2100.

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