There are so many different ways of managing diabetes, in this blog I’m talking about Type 1 diabetes because that’s what I live with.
Have you ever noticed how the negative nellies among us, will argue with anything that’s different from what they are used to, but for me it’s important to at least consider new technologies and regimes and then try to make an informed decision about what’s right for me.
I do wonder though what goes on in the mind of those who refuse to embrace change and a possible improved lifestyle.
Do they not want an easier way to manage Type 1 diabetes daily or is it a crutch they’ve grown dependant on?
– There was a time when injecting insulin wasn’t discovered for treating Type 1, back then they just died.
– There was a time when needles needed to be sharpened, now it’s all tiny disposable pen needles so fine it’s hard to see them.
– There was a time when blood glucose monitors were huge and took ages to give a reading.
– There was a time when checking for ketones involved peeing on a stick and watching for the colour to change before knowing a result.
( now ? We check that with blood too )
Much more accurate and remember ketones show in blood before it reaches urine so it’s earlier detection.
Now imagine if the negative nellies were listened to and heard………
We simply wouldn’t be alive! So think on before being put off by the rantings of those rejecting change !
A lot of us count carbohydrate in foods and inject or pump insulin to cover those foods and prevent them from throwing too much glucose into our blood stream.
However some of us curtail our carbohydrates for easier diabetes management and find our blood glucose is less likely to be erratic if we consume less carbs.
There are also many ways to check and monitor our blood glucose constantly.
The standard blood glucose meter involves pricking a finger, drawing blood and popping that drop of blood on to a strip that’s inserted in a meter. Most meters are fairly accurate as they must comply with European standards, but some are more accurate than others.
The freestyle Libre FGM ( flash glucose monitor ) involves wearing a sensor on the back of your arm, then using a reader you scan the sensor and get a glucose reading from the Interstitial fluid under the skin, not always quite as accurate as testing blood, but successfully used by many people with Type 1 diabetes.
It’s important to state here that this is not a continuous glucose meter as you only get a reading when you have scanned the sensor and there are no alarms for high or low readings.
The CGM ( continuous glucose meter )
I’m talking here about the Medtronic enlite as this is the one I wear and know about. This is also getting a glucose reading from the Interstitial fluid under the skin, I wear mine on my tummy. I find it very accurate and love the fact that it alarms to warn of oncoming Highs and lows, it’s a CGM because the readings are continuously just there without the need for any type of action or scanning from me.
Apple and others are working on a non invasive wearable blood glucose monitor but as yet we have no data on how accurate or successful these will be.
We ourselves dictate our limitations, we also dictate our successes .
For those who think diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle let me clarify a few things.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, nothing I did or didn’t do caused it and nothing I do will cure it. There is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes and no one knows what causes type 1 diabetes,
Type 1 diabetes happens because our own antibodies attack and destroy an organ in the body, a response when antibodies that normally fight infection / disease mistake a part of the body as foreign and attack and destroy it. When this happens to the islets in the pancreas we stop producing insulin so we need to inject or pump insulin in to live.
Without insulin a person with Type 1 diabetes would die.
There are many factors that contribute to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes so pre judgment of a “lifestyle choice” Is unfair at very least.
A person with type 2 diabetes is producing insulin of their own but for many reasons their body cannot or does not use it correctly or efficiently.
People with type 2 diabetes are generally treated with oral medication and sometimes with insulin injections .
A person with type 2 diabetes injecting insulin does not mean they now have type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes never becomes type 1 diabetes, they are 2 completely different conditions / diseases with similar symptoms and similar complications if not managed correctly.