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Yesterday my friend went to the hospital and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We finally convenced him to go after two weeks of him drinking everything in sight. He's still in ICU, but he's got color in his face now and can talk better. If you know anything about blood sugar levels, his was over 500 when he got to the hospital.<br><br><br><br>
He's not a vegetarian, I was just hoping somebody here knows something about it and I could ask some questions... such as...<br><br><br><br>
No more sugar, right?<br><br>
no more alcohol, right?<br><br>
insulin, are there alternatives to shots? and how often?<br><br>
I know this stays with you forever, but do the 'effects' subside any?<br><br><br><br>
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Your friend should be meeting with a whole host of people over the next few days to discuss all of these issues, but it's great that you're such a supportive friend and want to find out for yourself.<br><br><br><br>
In type 1 diabetes, a person's body doesn't produce an enzyme called insulin. The treatment is to take insulin from an external source in a way that mimics the body's insulin production. Right now, most insulin is taken through injections. There is a product that lets you take it through an inhaler, but it's not very accurate and it can cause breathing problems. So yes, your friend will have to take shots. But, they're nothing like the kinds of shots you get for immunizations. The needles are really short and thin, and it doesn't hurt. Really.<br><br><br><br>
Your body uses sugar just like any other kind of food. Some foods, like table sugar and white potatoes, digest really quickly and can make your blood sugar rise really quickly. But that doesn't mean that sugar is off limits. If I want some cake with my lunch, I'll eat that instead of the potato or rice.<br><br><br><br>
As far as alcohol goes, that can be managed too. Alcohol can cause your blood sugar to drop, so it should only be consumed with food. And in moderation. (It's hard to take care of yourself properly if you're trashed.)<br><br><br><br>
A bloodsugar of 500 feels horrible. Once your friend works out a treatment plan though, he should feel much better.<br><br><br><br>
Check out <a href="http://www.diabetes.org" target="_blank">http://www.diabetes.org</a> or <a href="http://www.jdrf.org" target="_blank">http://www.jdrf.org</a> for more information.<br><br><br><br>
And just my own two cents, in the future, one of the best things you can do for your friend is never to ask "should you be eating that?" There can be a lot of guilt and anger that come with diabetes, and sometimes it seems like everyone has an (uninformed) opinion.
 

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This has some basic info as well:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/dc/caz/diab/dia1/diawhatisit.jsp" target="_blank">http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz...iawhatisit.jsp</a>
 
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