The October DSMA Blog Carnival prompt is the following:
Type 1, Type 2, LADA, Gestational, diabetes brought on by surgery . . . . the list of types of diabetes goes on. Each type may have differences, but ultimately they are all diabetes. When we think about it, there is a whole lot that all types have in common. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t give credit for some differences too. So lets look back to our “Breaking down the barriers between types” chat on September 10th and discuss . . . . .
Anything easy about living with your type of diabetes that isn’t easy for another type?
I’m actually going to make this post a pretty short and sweet entry because I’m finding it harder and harder to find time for blog entries as I’m approaching labor day (less than 3 weeks to go!!). I missed the DSMA chat from September 10th because I was taking a childbirth class that night but I think that was a great topic and I’m sorry I missed it.
What about living with Type 1 is easier than other types? For me, I instantly thought of food! I’m not sure if all Type 1’s agree but I find that I can eat whatever I want (well within reason) and as long as I cover the meal with insulin, my blood sugar does OK. This isn’t always the case but most of the time, I can eat anything and have my blood sugars stay in a reasonable range thanks to my insulin.
Now, I’m not an expert on other types of diabetes, like Gestational or Type 2 but I believe that they have to be a little more careful with their food choices. From my understanding Type 2s usually control their blood sugar with diet and pills. Some might also take insulin but I believe they are in the minority. My father-in-law is a Type 2 diabetic and I know he worked hard after his diagnosis to eat the proper diet and as a result, his blood sugars improved dramatically.
However, taking insulin to cover my carbs isn’t always easy. Sometimes, I completely miscalculate my carbs and my blood sugar goes crazy or I will eat too many carbs and I will feel guilty later if my blood sugar goes high as a result. Having to take insulin to cover carbs is also not very fun but I am glad that I don’t have to constrict my diet too much. Some Type 1’s do constrict their carb intake which helps their control but I’m not really a low-carb person even though I try to be good. I will typically eat between 200-250 carbs per day. Thanks to insulin, I can eat that many carbs and still have good blood sugar control.
This post is my October entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival. If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetescaf.org/2014/10/october-dsma-blog-carnival-4