Today the topic is food...One common misconception with Type 1, its that it is the same as Type 2 diabetes.. Well Im here to tell you its not...Type 2 can be managed by diet and excersize most of the time..With type 1, that is not the case.. My kids can eat anything their siblings want to eat... Craig and Madi can eat candy bars, have soda and go to birthday parties that will have cake....They can eat anything a "normal" kid would eat.. The difference is that their body does not produce insulin, so they have to get injections of insulin... No matter what they eat for their meals, they have to get insulin with every meal..Unlike type 2, type 1 is not caused by food, or unhealthy habits.. Type 1 is not preventable...This is something that I have struggled with.. People saying that its our fault because our kids are not healthy....And although I know our kids are very healthy and active, it bothers me that people may think otherwise...
They do not have to get low carb food items, they can have potatoes and bread, they can have pizza!! They have well balanced meals. So now you know.. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by anything Craig and Madi did, or didnt do, and it was not caused by anything my husband or I did or didnt do...
Here is some info from Mayo Clinic.com
Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent
diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body
metabolizes sugar (glucose), your body's main source of fuel.
With type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of insulin — a
hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or
doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.
Untreated, type 2 diabetes can be life-threatening.
There's no cure for type 2 diabetes, but you can manage — or even
prevent — the condition. Start by eating well, exercising and
maintaining a healthy weight. If diet and exercise aren't enough to
control your type 2 diabetes, you may need diabetes medications or
insulin therapy to manage your blood sugar.
Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent
diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little
or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells
to produce energy. Type 2 diabetes, which is far more common, occurs
when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin or doesn't
make enough insulin.
Various factors may contribute to type 1 diabetes, including genetics
and exposure to certain viruses. Although type 1 diabetes typically
appears during adolescence, it can develop at any age.
Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure, although it can be
managed. With proper treatment, people who have type 1 diabetes can
expect to live longer, healthier lives than in the past.
Type 1 diabetes is a serious disease. Following your diabetes treatment
plan takes round-the-clock commitment, which can be frustrating at
times. But realize that your efforts are worthwhile. Careful management
of type 1 diabetes can reduce your risk of serious — even
life-threatening — complications.