The BFF Guide to Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is a disease that cannot be spread like a cold can. It is an autoimmune disease, which is a fancy way of saying my immune system attacked my pancreas (like a persons immune system will attack a cold), and I can no longer produce insulin on my own. No one knows the exact cause of diabetes yet. You do not get T1D from eating sugar (actually, it can be insulting to someone with T1D to hear that).
When I was first diagnosed, I had to spend a lot of time in the hospital. I had IVs, lots of needles, and it was really scary. It was there that I realized that my disease is life-threatening. It made me really sad and scared. Without a working pancreas, I am now considered diabetic. I have to make sure that what I eat is balanced with insulin. Insulin isnt a cure, its part of my maintenance to stay healthy and most importantly, to stay out of the hospital! Insulin is a hormone that is normally produced by the pancreas that helps the body break down glucose (from carbs) for energy. Too much glucose in my body that isnt ushered away by insulin can make me really sick. Same thing goes for carbs! When my body burns off too much glucose and my blood sugar goes down fast, I have to eat sugar/carbs to bring it back up. So, technically, I HAVE to eat that cupcake! Its a fine balance that Im still learning, but I have my family and friends watching out with me to make sure that I stay on track.
I wear a couple of devices, one is the Dexcom CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor) that tracks my blood sugar and keeps me updated on what range my blood sugar is in. With my Dexcom, I Continue reading