Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Highs and Lows

In theory, when you think about it, Type 1 Diabetes management seems quite simple. All you need to do is give the correct amount of insulin for the food (carbohydrates) taken in and the blood sugar levels should stay between 4.0 and 8.0 (in the normal range).

In practice though, this is not the case. Our bodies are very complex. Stress, exercise, hormones or even your immune system fighting a virus will affect blood glucose. Highs and Lows are unavoidable. People often tell me that Adele's diabetes must be really bad since she gets her blood sugar tested many times per day (between 10 and 15+ times), but in reality this is what it takes to try to catch a low before it happens or correct a rising blood sugar before it gets too high.
No Type 1 diabetic is "worse" than another. Their pancreas doesn't produce any insulin.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The more you check the blood sugars, the better control you have. Just because you check them so often DOES NOT mean her diabetes is bad, on the contrary, her diabetes will be good BECAUSE they are checked so often. This is what people don't understand. We do the same with Mikel, great job guys.