With type 1 diabetes no insulin is produced, it has to be injected into the body at different injection sites.
Insulin is very important as you need it to help move glucose from the blood stream into parts of the body which need it to make energy. Insulin controls the level of glucose in your blood. Insulin cannot be taken orally as it will not work.
It is also important to monitor your blood glucose levels, because the dose you require at each injection may vary dependent on the food you are eating, your personal lifestyle, activities and wellbeing or illness.
You diabetes team will help you self manage your insulin therapy and diabetes.
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The objective of the Basal-Bolus therapy is to mimic the bodies normal production of insulin as closely as possible. To do this you need to give your self basal (background) and Bolus (mealtime) insulin.
Remember: The amount of insulin you will need will vary depending on:
The food you eat
How much exercise you do
Download the Blood Glucose Chart to print and keep so that you can monitor your levels during the day.
If you can answer “Yes” to all of these questions, then FABB is probably for you.
Would you like more flexibility to your eating and lifestyle?
Would you be happy to test your blood sugars at least 4 times each day?
Would you be happy to inject yourself at least 4 times each day?
Will you be able to test your blood and take insulin injections during the day (e.g. at school or college)?
Have you had type 1 diabetes for over 6 months?
Are you under 17 years old?
Would you like to improve your diabetes control
You would like to start insulin pump therapy
You are pregnant or considering a family
Want to know more and who to contact then download the FABB information leaflet
As you grow older your insulin needs will change also. Your Diabetes team will help you to manage this. You can however,take these simple steps to look after yourself:
Test your blood glucose regularly
Take your prescribed medicines, insulin is the only way to treat type 1 diabetes, however your treatment may need to be adjusted according to your lifestyle changes over the coming years.
Know what to do in an emergency ie if you have a “Hypo” or feeling unwell
Learn to take care of yourself, by eating a healthy balanced diet
Why not take up a sporting activity, such as martial arts or ice-skating? More on Sports and Activity
Take care of your general health by following the guidelines given by your diabetes team
Make sure you go to your Diabetes Appointments.
Remember! You are in control of your DIABETES, not the other way round!