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 Allen Center's 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.