Craig and Madi are siblings who both have Type 1 diabetes. They were both diagnosed in 2012 and with in 4 months of each other. Craig (16) and Madi (7) are awesome kids and here you will see the everyday things that come with Type 1. There is no cure for type 1 diabetes. Thank you so much for reading!!
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 6

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...

Our dinner tonight..pork roast and gravy, salad, strawberries and grapes, sweet potato fries and baked beans...

Here is some info from Mayo
Type 2-
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-
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.

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