How to Manage Type 1 Diabetes

Hi, and welcome back to Type 1 Diabetes
Explained. We know that managing your diabetes is hard. Sometimes it seems
impossible to remember every little piece of information that you have to
deal with every day. So today we’re going to look at some simple and quick methods
to help alleviate some of the stress with dealing with your diabetes. Some of
these methods make use of the many resources that Type 1 Diabetes Explained
has created for you to use, completely for free. You can find the resources from
this video and many more on our website at So let’s begin. When
you are first diagnosed, you should be checking your blood sugar with a meter
at least four times a day, but sometimes it can be hard to remember to check
before a meal or before going to bed. Set reminders on a phone or other smart
device to remind you to check your blood sugar before eating. Sometimes it is also
helpful to know what your blood sugars were throughout the day. Most of today’s
meters will remember them for you, but it is sometimes cumbersome to try and go
back into the meter history and find a specific number. Type 1 Diabetes
Explained has a chart just for that. You can easily write down your meter results
to keep organized throughout the day. Another difficult thing to do is to
remember when your insulin expires. There is a simple solution for this. If you use
pens, when you take it out of the fridge use a fine point marker to write the
date when you took it out. This will make it really simple to tell when that pen
will expire and when you’ll need new one. If you prefer a more organized method,
use one of the calendars we provide to keep track of when everything needs to
be changed or make your own calendar if ours don’t work for you. In addition to
insulin needing to be changed every month, if you are using a CGM or insulin
pump, that also needs to be changed, and much more often. Smart devices come in
handy here as well. Many will let you set a reminder every 3, 7, 10, or however many days you need. This is helpful when remembering to change your insulin pump or CGM. Again if you prefer a written method, we
have calendars designed specifically for that. Carbohydrate counting is another
aspect of diabetes that can be difficult. Most foods will have the nutrition label
that somewhat clearly gives you all the numbers that you need; however, if you’re
eating something that doesn’t have a food label then the internet has many
resources about the nutrition and produce or restaurant food. If you have a
favorite food or snack it’s helpful to have a record of the amount of
carbohydrates in this food so you don’t have to go looking for it each time you
want to eat it. This is where it is helpful to have a favorite foods log
where you write down all the foods you like to eat and the number of net
carbohydrates in it. This may also be a helpful thing to do with entire meals if
you like eating at a certain restaurant and always eat the same thing. Take some time to write down what you eat and the number of carbohydrates in it. This will
make dosing much easier. While we’re on the topic of restaurants, let’s talk a
little more about them. For some people with diabetes, restaurants are a
nightmare. No nutrition information, the food will arrive at a random and
unpredictable time, and there’s no convenient place to pull out an insulin
pen and dose. This doesn’t have to be this way. Larger chain restaurants are
required by law to display their nutrition information in a conspicuous
place and more detailed information often can be accessed online. If you know
that you’re going to eat out somewhere, it can be helpful to look up the
nutrition information ahead of time so you know what is in your food and what
you’re planning to eat. If you know what you’re planning to eat this also allows you to
order much earlier. If you go to a sit-down restaurant, there’s the problem
that the food will arrive at an unpredictable time. Often solving this
is just about using your intuition or watching how quickly other restaurant-goers get their food. It may be helpful to dose for half of the food ahead of
time and then do the rest of the dose when the food arrives; however, this is
difficult without a pump. Most sit-down restaurants will have a restroom that
you can use to dose in private, but remember you can always dose at the
table if you want. Further related to food, people with diabetes often struggle
with being hungry. You dose for what you plan to eat, but then are still hungry
when you finish the meal. A simple solution to this problem is to drink
water. You can also drink sugar free sodas since the carbonation will make you feel fuller, but won’t add
any carbohydrates on to your meal. There are also many other snacks that have
very few or no carbohydrates which are helpful when you are hungry. Remember, we also have many more resources for you and your family or friends to help keep
better control of your diabetes and live a longer, less stressful life.

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