June 26, 2022

4 Keys to Stay Healthy With Type 1 Diabetes

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When most people think of diabetes, they typically think of type 2 diabetes—the form brought on by factors we can control like diet and exercise.

But type 1 diabetes affects around 1.6 million Americans; it’s a disorder where the pancreas cannot produce insulin to regulate blood sugar and is not caused by outside factors.

It is possible, however, to live a normal life with this condition. Centers Health Care has four keys to live well with type 1 diabetes.

  1. Insulin

Insulin is the only medication required to manage type 1 diabetes. There are different types that either produce a large amount in a short time or a steadier amount for a longer period of time. Your doctor will weigh several factors to determine which one—or a combination of the two—is best.

  1. Diet

Just like anyone else, it’s advised to avoid foods high in sugar or refined carbs (like white bread, white rice, and snack foods). You can usually indulge on occasion, but it’s advised that people with type 1 diabetes work with a dietician in order to understand how certain foods can affect them.

  1. Exercise

Studies show that exercise makes the body more sensitive to insulin, meaning you can use less to achieve the same desired result. Regular exercise is best and the most effective, so find activities that you enjoy (running, biking, swimming, etc.); this way, working out isn’t too much of a chore.

  1. Mental Health

The American Diabetes Association says people with type 1 diabetes are at a higher risk for depression and anxiety, as the work and stress of managing blood glucose levels can be stressful. Exercising is good for mental health, and you can also try yoga and meditation. If you’re struggling, be sure to talk to your doctor about other methods of stress relief and further help you can receive through therapy or medication.

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