Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes

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Athletes with Type 1 Diabetes

Before competing in any exercises, most diabetics check their blood sugar levels. Depending on on their glycemic index they take insulin or eat a snack. Type 1 diabetes may not allow the diagnosed patient to perform as well as they did before. It is best to inform all coaches and teammates of your disease and to make sure they are aware of the warning signs of hypoglycemia.

Family and friends are a great support group. The athlete with the diabetes should have a trustworthy friend to talk to. Their friends should be understanding and supportive for the long road ahead. Meeting other teens with type 1 diabetes can help express feelings experiences. The family can also help, they can be there with you every step of the way. They could help you by doing what you do, Eating well, exercising, and lowering stress levels.

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease where the pancreas does not produce insulin, a hormone that lowers glucose levels. People with the disease check their blood sugar daily with a blood glucose meter and usually take daily insulin shots or have a insulin pump. Along with the blood glucose monitoring, a food diary can be kept in order to help stick to food plans, which can be created by dietary physicians. Diabetics should limit junk food, alcohol, and starches. They should eat more proteins, fat-free dairy, greens, and citrus fruits.

Athletes With Type 1 Diabetes

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Diabetics will need to monitor their levels to check for hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia (high or low glucose level) symptoms and make sure you know how to treat it. Diabetecs prick their finger, draw blood, and then check the blood sample with a blood glucose monitor. After checking the determine if their leves are high(above 200 mg/dl) or too low (below 100) and then inject the amount of insulin needed. Follow your own insulin routine to follow so your blood glucose levels will not change too rapidly. Also the patient needs to figure out whether your body works well with an insulin pen or pump. They have to give the injection in different places on their body and try to give inject insulin around the same time everyday.

Monitoring Administering Insulin


-Primary care physician (PCP): You will need to meet with your Primary care physician regularly for tests and general medical care. They can answer any question you have about symptoms. -Certified diabetic educator (CDE): A Certified Diabetic Educator understands the needs of prediabetics, diabetics, and managing diabetes. A CDE would help any diabetic with understanding and learning how to manage their disease. They create a helpful environment, so people diagnosed can strive to live a healthy life. -Dietician: Dietitians create nutrition plans for patients based on their specific needs and health record. Dieticians are very useful for a diabetic because they can create specific meal plans with low carbs and sugar. The meal plans that are created help a diabetic stick to their new diet.

Physicians to Help

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