(Another draft post looking for the light :)
Misunderstandings about Type 1
There are many things that I want people to know about type 1
diabetes and one of them is the "truth" behind all the misconceptions,
ya I know that is a loooooong list. But one I recently realized was
surrounded insulin. There is a big, hug massive misconception
behind insulin and the amounts needed and what it all means.
especially those behind healthy eating "cures" for diabetes believe that
reducing the amount of insulin you need correlates with your health.
This is not true for people with Type 1 diabetes.
is not a type of medicine that a type 1 takes to make themselves
healthier and therefore the less you need the healthier you are.
Insulin is what keeps T1's alive.
Everyone, type 1 diabetics or not needs
insulin. Insulin is a naturally occurring hormone in all our bodies and
the reason why type 1's must inject insulin via syringe, pen or pump is
because their pancreas no long produces insulin.
It is not
something making them healthier, it is something that is keeping them
The amount of insulin need is in direct correlation
to the amount of carbohydrates a person eats. Insulin is used as a key
to open the cells within a persons body to let in sugars/glucose from
carbohydrates which is then used as energy for the body's cells to function.
example Cara is on a carb ratio for her meals. For lunch her ratio is
1:16 which means for every 16 grams of carbohydrates she eats she will
need 1 unit of insulin to ensure her body the ability to fully use the
carbohydrates as energy for her cells. If she eats a meal with 50 grams
of carbs she needs 3.1 units of insulin or if she eats a meal with 25
carbs she will only need 1.5 units of insulin.
This difference in
amount of insulin does not mean that she is getting any healthier or
closer to curing her body from one meal to the next because she needs
You see the amount of insulin a
person with type 1 diabetes needs does not imply the health of that
individual. Until a cure is found type 1's will be injecting different
amounts of insulin because their bodies do not and will not produce it.
and of course we all know there is NO cure for type 1 diabetes...healthy eating or not!!