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Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune condition and can happen at ANY AGE TO ANYONE.
This November, we are helping to bring awareness to this chronic autoimmune disease that often requires daily injections to live and affects more than one million children and young adults worldwide.
Those with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are insulin dependent and were not diagnosed from too much sugar intake.
Like my family member, most T1Ds have a surprise diagnosis, end up in the emergency room and are then admitted to the hospital for a few days to get their blood sugar stable and be insulin trained. It can be challenging and difficult, but thankfully it’s a manageable disease with many resources and advancing technology.
At the beginning of the diagnosis, there is a flood of overwhelming information to process. Like all hard things in life, you must take it one day at a time and celebrate mini milestones along the way. Here are some first steps you can take to manage the diagnosis more easily:
- Create the first low carb meal plan
- Subscribe and listen to a helpful podcast
- Journal about your experience
- Join a support group to help navigate this ‘invisible’ condition
Consult your endocrinologist and diabetes educator/dietitian for a specialized individual plan for you and/or your loved one. There are many resources and social media groups you can dive into. Two of my favorite resources are: Podcast Episodes — Juicebox Podcast and Arden’s Day and Home – LetMeBe83
I also really like reading about Richard Vaughn | Facebook and his incredible life story of living with T1D for more than 70 years now.
A few of the most popular diabetes support organizations are:
- American Diabetes Association | Research, Education, Advocacy
- Newly Diagnosed (beyondtype1.org)
- JDRF Is True Blue for National Diabetes Awareness Month
I didn’t know the symptoms of T1D until a loved one had to go to the ER … please join me this November in raising awareness for the disease and wear blue on Nov. 14 for American Diabetes Month. If you think you or a loved one may have a type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnosis, now is the time to educate yourself on the symptoms and seek help.
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