Previously known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have type 1. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other types of food into energy needed for daily life. Without enough insulin, too much sugar stays in your bloodstream.
High blood sugar, called hyperglycemia, can be caused, for example, by eating a larger than usual meal, missing a dose of medication or insulin, being sick, inactive, or even stressed out. To learn more about hyperglycemia, click here.
Carbohydrates provide energy and vital nutrients, and raise blood glucose. When carbohydrates are broken down, they turn into sugar – usually the best form of energy for your body. This is why:
To see if your meal plan is working for you, use Bayer’s CONTOUR® meter. With its pre and post meal markers, you can label your readings before and after your meals and adjust your insulin if needed.
To find nutrition information for almost any food you can think of, go to the nutrition guide. It’s an easy way to stay informed about the food choices you make.
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