Is Your Partner Helpful With Your Type 1 Diabetes?

Does your partner understand exactly how type 1 diabetes is managed?

The main goal in managing type 1 is to reduce the risk of complications by keeping blood glucose (BG) levels at or near the same as a non-diabetic.  The primary tool used to determine how effective your are at managing type 1 is the A1C test.

The A1C test result is a number that can be compared to that of a non-diabetic.  Getting the number to be closer to a non-diabetic requires you always avoid getting high BG levels.  This means that you must take enough insulin to cover all the carbohydrates that you consume.

The lower A1C number increases the risk of becoming hypoglycemic.   Your partner needs to be able to see when you have a very low BG level and how to effectively treat the condition.

The problem I have with my partner is that she wants me to never have a hypoglycemic event.  She thinks that giving me lots of food will reduce the chance of me becoming hypoglycemic.  Of course eating more food requires me to take more insulin which increases the probability that I will become hypoglycemic.

Obviously this is just a vicious circle that doesn’t work.  My only solution for this problem is to refuse to eat between meals or more than I need at meal time.  This is very frustrating for her and she always tells me “I told you so” after I become hypoglycemic.


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