Lesson 4 - Type 1 Diabetes Explained

Treatment for type 1 Diabetes

The bad news is that there is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes. The good news is that there are effective treatments for it. Your doctor, nutritionist or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) will work with you to help establish your personal blood glucose maintenance goals, along with any medication regimens. Following are measures that your health care providers will discuss with you to help you best manage your disease and maintain your blood glucose within your ideal range:

  1. Take insulin through injection or an insulin pump. This insulin is necessary to help your cells accept the glucose they need to burn for energy.
  2. Follow a healthful meal plan that you and your nutritionist or CDE devised.
  3. Be physically active. If you are already active, continue your program. If you are not, try to gradually introduce more physical activity into your life on a daily basis. Physical activity helps your cells accept glucose.
  4. Test your blood regularly to help you track how well you are sticking to your blood glucose control program.
  5. Schedule regular check-ups. This is essential to help your doctor monitor your progress and make any needed adjustments to your diabetes-management plan.

Assignment #4

Test what you've learned by taking our little quiz again.

How'd it go? If you did well, then great! If not, you can always go back and review the lesson. We're sure you'll ace the quiz after that! When you are finished, move right along to the next lesson where we take a closer look at type 2 diabetes.

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