After a routine checkup to investigate my recent weight loss and incessant thirst I was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. This came as a complete shock to me mainly because I had limited knowledge of the disease and to my understanding it most commonly effected children and obese adults.
The Skinny (no pun intended):
Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose backs up in the bloodstream — causing one’s blood glucose (sometimes referred to as blood sugar) to rise too high.
There are two major types of diabetes. In type 1 (fomerly called juvenile-onset or insulin-dependent) diabetes, the body completely stops producing any insulin, a hormone that enables the body to use glucose found in foods for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to survive.
What it means for me?
- Daily monitoring of my blood glucose levels.
- Giving myself regular insulin injections to keep blood glucose levels within an accepted range.
- Highly regulating how much food I eat, how many carbs it contains and when I eat it.
- Regular exercise.