Managing Type 1 Diabetes

explanatory Essay
2948 words
2948 words

Diabetes is a disease that can be devastating to some families, but it is not that bad as it seems. With the correct amount of exercise and moderation, it can be maintained with several different methods. A large part of the United States population has a form of diabetes. Today, there are many treatments that improve the lives of those living with this disease. With the correct understanding, it can be manageable and change the lives of the diabetic and his/her family. Some people may think of this as a bad thing for children to have but with the proper management and exercise, it can be maintained as well as bring a family closer to one another. As a brother of a type 1 diabetic, I know how hard it is to live with it and how to manage it. There are ways which make diabetes safe and manageable. Some methods are similar but most of them are different. The most common method to help manage diabetes is with a pod or a pump, both of which give insulin to the body. The next method is exercise and it can be combined with the pod or the pump to provide an even better managing system. Taking shots is another common method, but requires more work than the others do. While these systems already exist, scientists and companies are already working on different methods to take insulin. For example, an inhalable spray and a pill have been created and are being tested. These two methods would make taking insulin much easier and quicker. A more expensive procedure that has also been created is an artificial pancreas which produces insulin like a normal pancreas. This is a more lengthy and costly procedure which has not shown many benefits yet. Within the coming years, scientists and companies will make breakthroughs on how to man...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that diabetes is a disease that can be devastating to some families, but it is not that bad as it seems. there are many treatments that improve the lives of those living with diabetes.
  • Explains that type 1 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas can no longer produce insulin to break down carbohydrates that enter the body.
  • Explains that the first method of controlling type 1 diabetes is by using an insulin pen, which is taken before or after each meal to cover for the carbs.
  • Explains the importance of keeping a log book of all foods eaten at specific meals, the carbohydrates for each meal, and what the diabetic's blood sugar level was before the meal.
  • Describes the omnipod as a small, wireless insulin pump that delivers insulin without shots or tubing. it is lightweight, waterproof, and durable.
  • Explains that the patient inserts the insulin into the pod and sticks the adhesive backing onto the site. the cannula contains the needle that pumps insulin in the body.
  • Explains that the omnipod is small, lightweight, and durable; perfect for any type of exercise whether it is swimming or rock climbing.
  • Explains the use of a wire pump to manage type 1 diabetes.
  • Explains the advantages of using a wired insulin pump rather than an omnipod or taking shots.
  • Explains that medtronic pumps release rapid or short acting insulin through the day. the pump automatically delivers the basil insulin over a 24 hour period and keeps the blood glucose levels in the good range.
  • Explains that the pump can be clipped to sheets, pajamas, pillows, or even stuffed toys. it should be removed when put in water although it is water resistant.
  • Explains that inhalable insulin and insulin in the form of a pill are being experimented on as we speak.
  • Explains that symlin helps control blood glucose levels after eating and slows down food from leaving the stomach and restricts appetite. it can be taken from a pen form or vial form.
  • Explains that stress, caffeine, and illness can raise and reduce a patient's blood glucose level, while climate, high altitudes and medication can lower it.
  • Explains that diabetes is a condition that can happen to anyone at any time but with different methods it can be safe and manageable.
  • Explains cissell, michelle a., "don't sweat it! exercise and type 1 diabetes." jdrf improving lives curing type 1.
  • Explains the benefits of using an insulin pump to live with diabetes., 21 aug 2013.
  • Opines that indian scientists develop insulin pills for diabetics. the economic times, 20 dec. 2013.
  • Explains scheiner, gary, walsh, john, and ruth roberts. "type 1 non insulin therapies." diabetes education online. university of california, san francisco.

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