Type 1 Diabetes

Joey is famous for his pick up lines. “What’s Your Number?”

 

Joey at the Padre looking for the Single Girls

 

Joey is infamous in our family for having the most hilarious pick up lines! They aren’t his originals but none the less they are funny! And of course it’s his mannerisms that make us all laugh! For example he’ll say “your name must be Google because you’ve got everything thing I’m looking for!” It’s the way he says it!  Normally “what’s your number” is a pick up line, but in our house it has a different meaning.

I asked this question at the end of my last blog post because I wanted to make you think.  Do you know your blood sugar number?  Do you know if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes?

The statistics for 2014 show that 29 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes! 1.25 million children and adults have type 1 diabetes.  Approximately 9 million Americans have type 2 diabetes but haven’t been diagnosed yet!  This is because many people don’t have symptoms for a couple of years, so it’s discovered during a routine check-up.

The important thing for everyone to remember  is that type 2 can be reversed! The body is having trouble with insulin resistance, however the body is still producing insulin.  So with diet and exercise it can be reversed. If blood sugar isn’t lowered by these measures then medication or insulin may be needed.

With type 1, the body attacks and kills the islet cells inside the pancreas that produce insulin, therefore no insulin can be produced!  There is NO cure for type 1 diabetes, yet!

The signs and symptoms of both type 1 and 2 are a lot alike, which is confusing,  that’s where the similarities STOP.

For instance if you have type 1 diabetes you can eat whatever you want, however you have to cover every single carbohydrate with insulin, because the body isn’t producing it. With type 2 diabetes you need a diet rich in protein and complex carbohydrates. You need to count carbs in both types of diabetes, but for the complete opposite reasons!  It’s hard to wrap your brain around, and it’s time consuming!

So for Joey, because he has type 1, the task is to always be as accurate as possible when  counting carbs, in Joey’s case his body needs 1 unit of insulin for every 8 carbs. Here’s where it gets confusing, 1 carbohydrate serving equals 15 grams of carbs!

 

The scale does the counting for us.

Here is where we turn to the Nutrition label, and we use our scale. In this picture we weighed 2 servings of Chex Mix, at 29 grams per serving. So we weighed 58 grams. Next we look at how many total carb grams, it’s 21 g per serving.  So we take 21 x 2 = 42. Then we divide 8/42 which equals 5.5 units of insulin for 2 servings of Chex mix! Are you confused yet. 😖


Yes! It’s very confusing in the beginning. Thankfully we’re pros by now,  because we had a lot of tools along the way to help us, like our scale and the Calorie King app for our smart phones, they both contain thousands of food items, including fast food restaurants!  This was our savior in the beginning!  Joey also has the Omnipod Pump which we program to count carbs for him. All he has to do is tell it how many carbs he’s eating and it calculates his insulin bolus for him.

With type 2 you want to avoid certain carbs and high sugar foods because your pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin,  therefore your blood sugar can go very high. Over time this can cause many medical issues! It’s important to discover both types of diabetes early, it can literally save a life.

Know the symptoms:

  • Frequent Urination
  • Increased Thirst
  • Increased Hunger
  • Weight Loss
  • Blurry Vision
  • Fruity Smelling Breath
  • Fatigue

If you have  any of these  or know someone with these symptoms, see your doctor and demand a blood sugar or urine test!

Find out what your number is!  And if Joey asks you for it, your one lucky girl! ❤️

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