Living with Diabetes
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Type 1 Diabetes (in kids terms) is a condition where the body has trouble balancing how much sugar, or glucose, is in the blood stream. Most people's pancreas produces the right amount of insulin needed to help sugar get into their cells, but a person with type 1 diabetes has a pancreas that can't make enough insulin.
Doctors are still trying to figure out what causes type 1 diabetes, but in the meantime, type 1 diabetics, like Noah, have to have insulin injected into their body by a syringe (a needle) or an insulin pump. Noah has to check his blood sugar through what is called a glucose monitor several times a day to determine how much insulin will need to be given. To check the glucose, Noah has to stick his finger with a lancet (a tiny needle) to draw a drop of blood from his finger. He puts the drop of blood on a test strip that goes into the monitor, and the monitor then reads what his blood sugar level is. Noah's blood sugar changes frequently depending on what he eats and the activities that he does.
For Noah and other type 1 diabetics, your day consists of measuring, weighing, and calculating everything that you put in your mouth, this includes every drink, every meal, and every snack. He has to monitor what he eats, when he eats, and how much of what he eats at all times. Every nutrition label for every food item has to be reviewed. This can be very time consuming not only for him but also as a family member who has to shop for a type 1 diabetic. He is on a special diet that is low in sugar. Even though Noah has diabetes, it does not mean that he has to cut sugar out of his diet all together, it just means that he has to monitor the amount of sugar that he eats and when he eats it.
Noah is able to play sports, however, his blood sugar needs to be monitored before, during, and after his activities. A normal blood sugar for Noah (and most kids ages 5 through 12) should be between 70 and 180. We try to keep Noah's blood sugar between that level at all times. This can be difficult at times while playing sports, however, it is necessary to keep him active as this helps to keep his blood sugar in a normal range.
National Diabetes Awareness Month is November and World Diabetes Day is November 14th.
The Omni Pod system is an insulin pump that mimics the action of a healthy human pancreas by giving a bolus dose of insulin via the "pod". This is a tube-free system that is easy to use. For more information on the Omni Pod, please visit:
The Boston Children's Hospital has been a HUGE part of our family since Noah's diagnosis. Every chance we get, we donate toys, coloring books, and make small monetary donations when we can. We hope that nobody every needs the help of Children's Hospital, but if they do, it is great to know that it is right in our own backyard. Please give to this hospital or your local Children's Hospital. There are many ways to donate, not just monetary, but through donating toys, blood donations, and just volunteering, it helps a child in a time of need. Please visit their site for information on how you can donate:
Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers is a Type 1 Diabetic and he has teamed up with Bayer to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. He designed a custom dog tag to raise awareness. For more information on Nick's Simple Wins and for information on how to get a dog tag, please visit: