One of the first lessons after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is that food plays an important role in how a person manages this disease. Hopefully, your doctor will have already taught you about carb counting, medication-to-carb ratios, and developed a basic meal plan to follow.
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In the first year of diagnosis, I suggest following exactly what the doctors tell you. Follow their guidance, do your best to carb count, weight your food, and remove as many barriers that may stand in the way of following their plan. Once you’ve mastered and followed exactly how and when they want you to eat, it’s time for the next step.
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High or Low Blood Glucose Levels
If you’ve followed your doctor’s orders on how to manage your type 1 diabetes with food, and have done everything they told you to, but are still experiencing unwanted high or low blood glucose levels — you are not alone. I have been in those exact shoes and it left me feeling defeated, unworthy, and as though I was doing something wrong.
The reality is, you are doing your best, and the healthcare system doesn’t take the individual patient’s life into consideration when they assign a meal plan.