Type 1 Diabetes: The Yoga Approach.
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I live with type 1 diabetes.
Flowers are pretty, girls are pretty, watching the sunset is pretty. But diabetes—not so much!
Picture this: It’s one in the morning and I’ve woken for the third time and checked my blood sugar, only to find that it’s low.
I take a nightly injection of insulin at nine p.m., and normally that shot will keep my blood sugar at a steady number until five a.m. However, I have LADA type 1 diabetes—Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults—and sometimes my pancreas decides it’s not a useless organ sitting just underneath my ribcage. Instead, it’s a frisky puppy obsessed with a ball and it’s squirting insulin all over the place.
As I haul myself out of bed, don my slippers, and grab my computer, I prepare myself for the long night ahead, food all over the counter, fridge wide open, and way too much Instagram.
It’s during my midnight forays to treat a low blood sugar that I have to stop and remind myself that I haven’t always lived like this. I had a life before type 1 rocked my world.
I was diagnosed nine years ago, almost 25 years into my life. As a yogi and yoga teacher Continue reading