Is there a cure for type 1 diabetes?
Many people with diabetes dream of the day a cure is found, because diabetes type 1 is a lifelong condition that has to be managed every single day. Despite of all the worldwide research over the past decades, there is no cure for diabetes. Researchers however are continuing their research to find a treatment. Luckily, there are ways to manage your diabetes. It takes attention and planning but with the proper care, you can live a healthy and happy life.
Monitoring your blood glucose level
People with Type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to lower their blood sugar level. It’s therefore very important to check your blood glucose level up to several times a day to make sure it stays balanced. Your blood glucose level can change due to food, physical activity, stress, illness, alcohol and medication and it’s vital to keep a close eye on your blood glucose levels.
When your body does not produce insulin or use it properly, you need insulin therapy to survive. Insulin has to be injected into the body. It’s not possible to take pills because the enzymes in the stomach prevent the insulin from working properly. Insulin is often injected using a syringe or a pen but a pump is also an option.
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of diabetes treatment. Make sure you stay healthy with exercising and a healthy diet. Contrary to what many people believe, there is no specific diabetes diet. A diet based on plenty fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low in fat and sugar is best for everyone, not only for people with diabetes.
Most important thing is to plan how much and when you can eat. Moreover, physical activity is important. This will have an effect on your blood sugar level, lowering it by transferring sugar into your cells where it is used for energy. Make sure that exercise is a part of your daily routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, like walking, swimming or cycling. Choose something you like and that you can maintain.
Meanwhile, scientist around the world keep looking for a way that would allow people with diabetes type 1 to stop taking insulin for the rest of their lives. This research is likely to lead to a cure somewhere in the future.