Contrary to popular opinion Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes
strikes young people of all sizes. In fact Olympic swimmers, runners, and some surprising celebrities suffer from the disease.
Unlike most diseases, JD is not a disease that can be managed with a pill. Diabetics of this sort keep a strict daily routine that is vital to their survival.
The basic schedule for a diabetic looks something like this:
Morning blood test upon waking- a pin prick to a finger or forearm to draw blood for a sugar level test and if a high reading occurs, a ketone test which consists of urinating on a test strip.
Breakfast in which quantities are measured and carbohydrates counted to measure insulin for injection.
Mid morning snack if feeling light-headed, headachy, or overtly cranky
Pre-lunch blood test-again a small amount of blood is drawn and entered into a machine that tests for sugar levels.
Lunch-again carbohydrates are counted and entered into a log unless the diabetic has an advanced blood test machine in which records can be uploaded.
Post lunch snack if warranted. Throughout the day exercise levels are taken into account when deciding to eat or inject more insulin.
Pre-dinner blood test
Dinner following above procedure
Bed time blood test and bedtime snack if warranted
Injection #4 is often a different form of insulin to keep night-time “fasting” blood sugar level on an even plane.
Sleep often interrupted by a night blood test if levels have been unpredictable.
Until a cure is found active Type 1 diabetics will continue to lead a complicated life.