Type 1 Diabetes Treatment
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 purpose of type 1 diabetes treatment is to maintain
blood sugar level as close to target range as possible. Correctly managing
blood sugar levels will delay or prevent future complications in a child
or young adult’s life. It is important to work with a diabetes care
team to set up a treatment plan for type 1 diabetes that will include:
Nutrition – In order to maintain your blood sugar levels, it is necessary
to consume less animal products. An animal product is anything that is
derived from an animal’s body. For example, fat, milk, eggs and
flesh. It is necessary to consume more low-fat, high fiber meals.
Physical activity – Before engaging in any type of aerobic exercise, it is important
to consult with your physician. Then it is important to choose an activity
you enjoy and can do for at least 30 minutes a day. Participating in physical
activity is a proven way to lower blood sugar levels and can continue
to lower after you are done working out.
Medication - Insulin is necessary for anyone in need of type 1 diabetes treatment.
The insulin injections are used to replace the insulin your body is not
producing. Depending on your needs, insulin can be administered using
a syringe, insulin pen, or insulin pump.
Monitoring - Frequent blood glucose monitoring is necessary to see how your diabetes
treatment plan is working to meet your target blood glucose goals.
To many patients, the thought of type 1 diabetes management may seem overwhelming.
Remember, you are not alone. By working closely with a diabetes care team
you will learn how to maintain your blood sugar at a healthy level. At
the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center we give you the tools to help
provide freedom & control over your diabetes.
Patients with type 1 diabetes will be interested in participating in the
Herbert Family Program that focuses on meeting the unique needs of young adults with type 1 diabetes
(age 18-30s). The program addresses the financial, psychological, social
and physical changes that challenge not only the young adult but also
their family and support system.