What have we learnt in this section?
You have finished Section 3 of the Diabetes / Insulin Tutorial - the section concerned with food intake and insulin adjustment in intensive conventional insulin therapy.
We have learnt that, now that you have intensive therapy, you can choose when and
how much you want to eat.
You can gain much freedom in your meal plan. Like people who do not have diabetes, you can have three main meals a day. Intermediate snacks are possible, but not compulsory.
We have realized that the diet of someone with diabetes on intensive therapy does not have to be so different from that of people who do not have diabetes. People with diabetes can eat normal foods, and can choose those which they like.
We have learnt that it is possible to enjoy parties and other special occasions. It is feasible to adapt insulin intake to fit quantity and timing of carbohydrates.
Keep in mind, however, that food intake
is not the only factor in determining insulin needs. We must take into account
physical exercise and activity too.
And errors are always possible, causing episodes of hypoglycaemia.
Should this happen, you must always have some sugar
with you, so you will be able to treat the 'hypos' yourself.
In the next lesson (Section 4)
we will learn about sugar in the urine and its relationship to sugar in the blood.
Diabetes Insulin Tutorial
The material in this on-line Diabetes / Insulin Tutorial has been drawn from a number of different sources.
However the original Web-based version can be found at the AIDA Website at: http://www.2aida.org/tutorial.