How Type 1 Diabetes is Controlled
Type 1 diabetes control means keeping the level of sugar(glucose) in the blood stream as close to normal as possible. The three variables of type 1 diabetes control are: food, exercise, and insulin. Blood glucose monitoring is the tool for maintaining this balance. If the balance is thrown off, either of two type 1 diabetic emergencies might occur; Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar, an insulin reaction, or insulin shock) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).
Adjusting Your Lifestyle
It is important to maintain a consistent and healthy lifestyle when living with diabetes. Maintaining regular meals, excercise and insulin can ensure a safe and healthy life for anyone with this disease. Self-monitoring of blood glucose is another important adjustment. Several times a day, before meals and before bedtime, a person with type 1 diabetes may need to test his or her blood sugar. Usually this process involves pricking the finger, putting a drop of blood on a chemically sensitive strip, and taking a blood sugar reading on a meter.