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Living with Type 1 Diabetes

posted Apr 6, 2016, 9:55 AM by Unknown user

    Every few hours, freshman Cassidy Oswald checks her blood sugar with a machine that she carries around everywhere. This way, she is able to regulate her blood sugar by eating a snack or getting more insulin through her pump.

Living with diabetes can be difficult at any age. Usually, people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in childhood or young adulthood, which was the case for freshman Cassidy Oswald. Oswald was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes during Christmas Break of her fifth grade year. With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar to enter cells to produce energy. Only about 5% of people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 1.   

“When my blood sugar gets low, I get really light headed,” Oswald said. “Also, when I exercise, I get low blood sugar.”

Many things can contribute to Type 1 diabetes, including genetics or exposure to certain viruses. There have been various research studies, but there is still no cure for Type 1 diabetes. However, a healthy diet can help to regulate insulin.

“Having diabetes has taught me to eat a lot healthier,” said Oswald.

Another way Type 1 patients have been able to manage their blood sugar level better has been to have an insulin pump. An insulin pump helps by delivering rapid or short-acting insulin 24 hours a day to help keep a more stable blood sugar level, and according to Oswald, is like a needle that stays on her hip.

“I’ve had my insulin pump for about one year now,” Oswald said. “I don’t have to take any insulin shots anymore, so it saves a lot of time.”

Oswald said that another thing her insulin pump helps with is not having to worry about putting the insulin in a syringe.

With proper treatment, people with diabetes can expect to live longer and healthier than those in the past have.

“The most difficult thing for me has been remembering to check my blood sugar every couple hours,” Oswald said.