Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a long-lasting (chronic) disease. It happens when the cells in the pancreas are destroyed and cannot make the hormone insulin. This disease may be passed to you from your parents (genetic). You will need to check your blood sugar (glucose) every day. A treatment plan will be set up for you.

HOME CARE

  • Never run out of insulin. You need it every day.

  • Do not skip insulin doses.

  • Do not skip meals. Eat healthy.

  • Follow your treatment and monitoring plan.

  • Wear a necklace or bracelet that says you have diabetes and take insulin.

  • If you start a new exercise or sport, watch for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) problems. Your insulin dosing may need to be changed.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.

  • Tell your work or school about your diabetes treatment plan.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have trouble keeping your blood sugar in target range.

  • You have blood sugar readings that are often too high or too low.

  • You have problems with your medicines.

  • You are sick and are not getting better after 24 hours.

  • You have a sore or wound that is not healing.

  • You have vision problems or changes.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.