I've had type 1 diabetes for 14 years. As I'm sure anyone with type 1 will understand, mealtimes can be a tricky tightrope to walk on occasionally and I'm sure I won't be the only one who has had a few wobbles, or completely fallen off at times!
More recently, my tightrope has become even harder to walk as I've undertaken a nursing degree and have had thousands of thoughts and tasks bombarding me at once (or so it seems) before and after mealtimes. Although this has been a real challenge, and I have on occassion thrown my hands in the air and screamed at the sight of a high or low post-meal blood glucose reading, it's something that I'm doing my best to get a grip on. These things take time and practice makes perfect! Or as close to perfect as we can get!
When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I was put onto a strict dosing regimen of fast-acting and long-acting insulin.
As I didn't know any better, and trusted that this treatment was right for me, I did as I was advised, resulting in huge crashing hypos after almost every meal.
The insulin was far too much for what I was eating and this really affected my confidence around managing my diabetes, particularly at mealtimes. That was until 10 years later when I discovered the wonderful world of carbohydrate counting!
I learnt how to adjust my insulin doses based on the amount of carbohydrate in my food. To say it was life changing is an understatement. I now have the freedom to eat the food that I enjoy and I can see the benefits of adjusting my insulin in my post-meal blood glucose readings.
Thanks to being introduced to carbohydrate counting I'm confident, knowledgable and I'm able to live the life that I want because I'm much more in control of my blood glucose levels.
It's important to take in as much education as posisble around food and insulin and to find methods of self-managing that work for us as individuals. We only get one body, so we must look after it.
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