How to Live With Type 1 Diabetes

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Type 1 diabetes is a form of the disease commonly found in children. Help your child live with Type 1 Diabetes with help from an expert in the medical field in this free video clip.

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My name is Dwan Kelsey, and I'm a Nurse Practitioner with Well Life, a diabetes clinic and educational resource center located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and today we want to talk about how to live with Type 1 Diabetes. Most Type 1 Diabetes, again, are kids, and so they are taught at an early age how to manage their diabetes. All their lives, they are taught what to eat, how much to eat, portion control, how to carb count. So, it becomes a lifestyle for them. One I think, one way that we have really engaged our Type 1 Diabetics, and I will say our Type 2 Diabetics is with the Insulin Pump. Insulin Pump therapy has allowed diabetics to truly live a normal and a healthy life because they are able to manage their blood sugars a lot better without giving themselves, like, manual Insulin shots. The pump works by infusion of Insulin in 24 hours. So, it starts from midnight to midnight, and the patient gets a slow release of Insulin, which we call the basal Insulin. Now, during mealtimes, we know that the blood sugar is going to peak, the blood sugar is going to go up, and that's with everybody. So, they are able to go in into their pump. They are able to tell the pump I am eating 60 grams of carbs and my blood sugar is 180, and the pump will relay a number to them, which suggests this is how much the pump wants to give them in order to bring the blood sugar down, and so it's a really proactive way of lowering the blood sugar. So, it really helps to maintain a healthy blood sugar throughout the day. Diabetes is a very complex disease. This has just been basic information regarding diabetes. Please be sure to visit your medical provider for more information or for diagnosis of Diabetes.

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