Your Changing Life With Type 1 Diabetes
From negotiating your changing role in your own diabetes care with your parents to going out on those first few dates, we have most of the major milestones covered right here on Cornerstones4Care®.
Having “the talk” with your folks
It may help to sit down and discuss with your parents how you would like to manage your diabetes. Let them know how you feel and how involved you would like them to be.
Reassure them that you feel confident managing your diabetes and that you know what you need to do. Try to understand how they are feeling too, and let them know that you appreciate their support.
You may have the opposite problem and feel like your parents have left you to deal with too much on your own. If you feel you need more help and support, let them know!
If you find it hard to talk to your parents, you may find it helps to write down what you want to say.
Save the date
When it comes to telling a date about your diabetes, there's no one "right way" that will work all the time. But here are some things to consider and a few things to think about in advance:
- Dining. If a date knows that he or she is seeing someone with diabetes, it may be easier and less awkward for you to stick with a healthy meal plan
- Low blood sugar. If a low blood sugar event occurs while on a date, do you have a plan for dealing with it?
- Testing, adjustments, or injections. Check in advance to see if there is a private place to test blood sugar, adjust a pump, or give an injection while out
- Physical activity. An active date is a great idea. But if the date involves playing tennis, taking a hike, or any other intense physical activity, it needs to be planned for. Will it be possible to check blood sugar more frequently? Do you have a plan in case of low blood sugar?
Whether or not you feel comfortable talking about diabetes right away, a little planning can help make it easier to be discreet.
- Be prepared. Test blood sugar before going out. Have emergency snacks or glucose tablets in a pocket or purse. And don't go too long without having a snack or meal
- Be ready to adjust or inject. Plan out insulin dosing in advance
- Beware of alcohol. Alcohol can quickly decrease blood sugar, which creates the risk for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Even for people of legal age, it's still best to avoid alcohol