You also need to eat a healthful diet that spreads
carbohydrate throughout the day, check your blood
sugar 3 or more times a day, and get regular exercise. Because you have
diabetes, you are at higher-than-average risk of a
heart attack and
stroke. You may take medicine to keep your blood
pressure and cholesterol in the normal ranges. You also
may take aspirin to lower your risk for having a heart attack.
Your treatment plan may change based on your blood sugar levels and other
test results reviewed in your doctor's office.
If your child has
type 1 diabetes, treatment involves the same actions but also allows for normal
growth and development.
You may find that soon after you are
diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, your blood sugar levels return to normal. You
are in what is called the "honeymoon period." The remaining insulin-producing
cells in your pancreas are working harder to supply enough insulin for your
body. You may take little or no insulin. But this does not mean that the
disease is gone. After the remaining insulin-producing cells are destroyed, the
honeymoon period ends, and you will need to take insulin for the rest of your
How will diabetes affect my life?
You can live a
long, healthy life if you keep your blood sugar levels within a target range. This requires the right combination of food, physical activity, and
insulin every day. If your young child has diabetes, you assume the
responsibility for balancing these things. As your child grows, he or she will
take over more responsibility for his or her care.
Many people are
afraid of giving themselves shots every day. With practice, it will become
routine. Figuring out how to mix diet, insulin, and exercise in your daily life
takes time. Don't get discouraged. Seek out help from your doctors if some part
of diabetes care gives you trouble.
As you adjust to having
diabetes, you will learn how to monitor your blood sugar level at home, give
yourself insulin injections, recognize high and low blood sugar symptoms, count
carbohydrate in your diet, and take precautions when you are sick. Diabetes
care will become an important part of your life, but it doesn't have to take
over your life.
Frequently Asked Questions