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How will type 1 diabetes affect my lifestyle?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Managing type 1 diabetes will include many lifestyle changes—but they all lead to positive outcomes. The most significant change will be the constant monitoring of your glucose. But if managed well, this will help prevent many serious and long-term complications.

You will be able to eat many of the same delicious foods and enjoy many of the same activities, as long as they are all healthy. Moderate alcohol consumption, smoking cessation and regular aerobic exercise will all help stabilize your blood glucose—or blood sugar—which is the primary goal of type 1 diabetes treatment.

Mainly, type 1 diabetes will affect your lifestyle in that you will need to watch what you eat and check your blood sugar level. You will need to inject a basal amount of insulin and a fast acting insulin that will be adjusted, based on your blood sugar level and what you eat. If you expect to do strenuous activity, you may need to decrease your insulin dosage. Sometimes, if you are sick, your blood sugar level will vary and your insulin dosage will change. However, for the most part, you can do anything you want.

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