4. Don’t Forget to Inject Insulin
For type 1 diabetics, insulin is a lifesaver. Since their bodies do not produce insulin, they depend on injecting insulin in their body to help process the sugar from the food that they eat.
Different types of insulin are available, and they vary according to how soon they take effect, and how long the effect lasts.
Those with diabetes need to take different types of insulin depending on their physical activity, their blood sugar levels, and their daily diet.
Some diabetics use an alarm to let them know if they should inject insulin. There are also devices that automatically check a person’s blood sugar levels, and administer a prescribed dosage of insulin to keep blood sugar levels in check.
5. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Another important thing is to listen to your doctor’s orders. If your doctor tells you to eat less of a certain type of food, or to exercise more, it would be a good idea to follow their advice.
If you are taking other types of medicine for your diabetes, it would also be a good idea to follow the medicine schedule, and stick to the dosage that your doctor gave you. This can help in managing your condition and prevent any possible complications.
6. Take Special Precautions
If you have diabetes it is important to take some special precautions. These include 1) having your eyes checked by an eyecare professional periodically and 2) practicing good foot care. These two precautions are often neglected and become a major cause of comorbidities among diabetics. This is because those with diabetes have an increased risk of vision loss or blindness. Diabetes may also cause nerve damage in the feet, increasing the risk of foot ulcers or even amputation.
7. Quit Smoking and Don’t Drink Alcohol
Smoking and drinking pose a high risk to diabetics. Drinking alcohol can increase a diabetic’s blood sugar levels without them even knowing it.
Smoking can increase a person’s risk for lung disease, as well as heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.
So if you are a drinker or a smoker, it would be a good idea to quit these habits as soon as possible. The sooner you quit, the healthier your body will be, and you can better manage your type 1 diabetes.
Learn more about type 1 diabetes here.