Treatment Gives You The Freedom to Eat Whatever You Want
As described above, type 1 diabetes treatment is effective to the point of allowing for the consumption of just about any kind of food. However, some foods are better than others for managing blood sugar levels. These foods include nutritious, low-fat, high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (as well as any other foods recommended by a doctor or dietician).
Plus, due to the fact that type 1 diabetics are more susceptible to cardiovascular problems like coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure, adhering to a healthy diet is especially important.
People with Type 1 Diabetes Aren’t Able to Live a Normal Life
By understanding how foods affect blood sugar levels and adhering to treatment rules, people with type 1 diabetes can live as full of a life as anyone else. For example, it’s completely normal for children with type 1 diabetes to play sports and participate in extracurricular activities, just like any other children. The only modification that might need to be made is having a sugary snack on hand in case their blood sugar drops on account of physical activity.
There is Only One Form of Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes
While hormone treatment is currently the only form of treatment for the majority of people dealing with type 1 diabetes, there have been many advancements in the past 10 years in how this treatment is administered. One such advancement is the pump – a smartphone-sized device that attaches to the outside of the body with a tube that inserts under the skin of the stomach. This tube then automatically administers specific amounts of the rapid-acting form of the hormone based on meals eaten and corresponding blood sugar levels.
Another modern development is continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) wherein, similar to the pump, a monitor is attached to the body using a fine needle just under the skin that checks blood glucose level every few minutes. However, CGM is not yet considered to be as accurate as standard blood sugar monitoring, so checking your blood sugar levels manually is still recommended.
It is worth noting, however, that for many people, these modern advancements in type 1 diabetes treatment are still too expensive to adapt.