Along with insulin therapy, glucose monitoring is another important part of type 1 diabetes treatment guidelines.
Some diabetics use a device that takes a blood sample and checks the level of glucose in their blood. This is what most diabetics use, and you might have already seen one in television or film, or even in person.
A continuous glucose monitor is another device that diabetics use. As their namesake suggests, continuous glucose monitors can check a diabetic’s sugar levels constantly without the need to prick their skin to get a blood sample. Instead, it uses a thin needle that stays in the skin and helps it monitor blood sugar constantly.
One caveat of this however is that these types of monitors are not yet as accurate as standard blood sugar monitoring.
Typically, type 1 diabetes patients check their glucose levels at least 4-10 times a day. This not only helps make sure that their blood sugar levels are normal, but also helps them know if the therapy they are using to manage diabetes is effective or not.
Change in diet
It is also important for type 1 diabetes patients to change their diets to suit the right type 1 diabetes treatment guidelines. A change in diet is important when it comes to managing type 1 diabetes symptoms.
Most people commonly associated the “diabetic diet” to bland tasting foods, or avoiding sugar entirely. However, the “diabetic diet” is not actually as restrictive as most people think.
Diabetics need to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and cut back on fatty foods, animal protein, and carbohydrates. This type of diet is actually not much different from the ideal diet that most doctors and nutritionists would recommend.
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