Type 1 Diabetes: Living With the Disease - Home Treatment
Limit your alcohol intake to no more
than 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women (none if you are
pregnant). Discuss with your doctor whether you should drink alcohol.
Ask if a daily aspirin is right for you
Talk to your doctor about whether you should take low-dose aspirin. Daily low-dose aspirin (81 milligrams) may help prevent heart problems if you are at risk for heart attack or stroke. People
with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely than people who don't have diabetes
to die from heart and blood vessel diseases.5
Deal with your feelings
A chronic illness creates
major change in your life. You may need to
grieve the loss of your earlier life from time to time.
Also, you may feel resentful, deprived, or angry about having to pay attention
to what and how much you eat. For more information, see:
- Diabetes: Coping With Your Feelings About Your Diet.
Protect your feet
Daily foot care can prevent
serious problems. Foot problems caused by diabetes are the most common cause of
amputations. For more information, see:
- Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet.
Learn more about diabetes
Diabetes is a complex
disease and there is a lot to learn, such as:
- How to better
care for your skin and
your teeth and gums. For example, using a humidifier in your house or wearing
gloves when gardening can keep your skin from becoming dry and cracking. Daily
flossing and brushing can reduce the risk of gum
- Precautions to take
when you are sick. You need to drink more fluids than usual to prevent
dehydration and test your urine for
ketones when you are sick.
- How to
prevent problems while traveling. You may want to take
extra insulin with you and have plenty of snacks on hand in case you are in an
area where you cannot get food.
- Where to find a support group for
people with diabetes. Camps are also available for teens who have
- How to
stop smoking, or how to prevent your teen with diabetes from
immunizations you need. For more information, see the
- How to deal with a rebellious teen who has diabetes. Ideas for helping
your teen include letting him or her use an
insulin pen or
pump and letting your teen meet alone with his or her
diabetes educator. This may help your teen feel more
in control of his or her diabetes care.
- When it's a safe time to
try to get pregnant. For more information, see:
- Diabetes: Should I Get Pregnant?