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What lifestyle changes are necessary for people with type 1 diabetes?

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Having type 1 diabetes requires significant lifestyle changes that include:

People with type 1 diabetes can lead long, active lives if they carefully monitor their glucose, make the needed lifestyle changes, and adhere to the treatment plan.

  • Frequent testing of your blood sugar levels
  • Careful meal planning
  • Daily exercise
  • Taking insulin and other medications as needed

From: Types of Diabetes Mellitus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

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