Daily management

gs_cooking_dailymgmtThe main goals of daily management of type 1 diabetes are to:

  • Maintain normal growth and development
  • Keep blood sugar levels within a target range (not too high, not too low); and
  • Promote healthy emotional well-being

The key to well-managed diabetes is a good balance between food, exercise and insulin. Children with type 1 diabetes must follow blood check, insulin injection and snack schedules. This is important as the smallest of changes from a child’s diabetes care plan can cause blood glucose levels to rise or fall.

Food raises blood glucose levels, while insulin and exercise lowers them. A good type 1 diabetes care plan includes:

  • Eating reasonably, consistently and on schedule
  • Regularly testing blood sugar levels
  • Adjusting insulin based on blood sugar levels and activities
  • Regular exercise
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