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Type 1 Diabetes: Recently Diagnosed - Topic Overview

You also need to eat a healthful diet that spreads carbohydrate throughout the day, check your blood sugar 3 or more times a day, and get regular exercise. Because you have diabetes, you are at higher-than-average risk of a heart attack and stroke. You may take medicine to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in the normal ranges. You also may take aspirin to lower your risk for having a heart attack.

Your treatment plan may change based on your blood sugar levels and other test results reviewed in your doctor's office.

If your child has type 1 diabetes, treatment involves the same actions but also allows for normal growth and development.

You may find that soon after you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, your blood sugar levels return to normal. You are in what is called the "honeymoon period." The remaining insulin-producing cells in your pancreas are working harder to supply enough insulin for your body. You may take little or no insulin. But this does not mean that the disease is gone. After the remaining insulin-producing cells are destroyed, the honeymoon period ends, and you will need to take insulin for the rest of your life.

How will diabetes affect my life?

You can live a long, healthy life if you keep your blood sugar levels within a target range. This requires the right combination of food, physical activity, and insulin every day. If your young child has diabetes, you assume the responsibility for balancing these things. As your child grows, he or she will take over more responsibility for his or her care.

Many people are afraid of giving themselves shots every day. With practice, it will become routine. Figuring out how to mix diet, insulin, and exercise in your daily life takes time. Don't get discouraged. Seek out help from your doctors if some part of diabetes care gives you trouble.

As you adjust to having diabetes, you will learn how to monitor your blood sugar level at home, give yourself insulin injections, recognize high and low blood sugar symptoms, count carbohydrate in your diet, and take precautions when you are sick. Diabetes care will become an important part of your life, but it doesn't have to take over your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning about type 1 diabetes:

Being diagnosed:

Getting treatment:

Ongoing concerns:

Living with type 1 diabetes:

  • How can I help my child with type 1 diabetes?
  • What should I do when my child with diabetes is sick?
  • What is A1c?
  • How can I exercise safely?
  • How do I count carbohydrate grams?
  • How do I use the plate format to plan a diabetes diet?
  • How do I prevent a high blood sugar emergency?
  • How do I prevent high blood sugar emergencies in my child?
  • How do I deal with low blood sugar?
  • How do I deal with low blood sugar in my child with diabetes?
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Last Updated: November 05, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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