Type 1 Diabetes
Also indexed as:Diabetes, Type 1
Also known as childhood-onset
diabetes, type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Also known as childhood-onset diabetes, type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
- Fight back with fiber
Under a doctor's supervision, stabilize your blood sugar by eating fiber from whole grains, beans (legumes), vegetables, and fruit, and consider using a fiber supplement such as psyllium or guar gum
- Consider capsaicin
Help control nerve pain by applying an ointment or cream containing 0.025 to 0.075% capsaicin four times a day
- Go for the chromium
Under the supervision of a doctor, take 200 mcg a day of this essential trace mineral to improve glucose tolerance
- Protect with alpha lipoic acid
Protect against diabetic complications, such as nerve and kidney damage, by taking 600 to 1,200 mg of this supplement per day
- Talk to your doctor
Ask about human insulin injections commonly used by type 1 diabetics to control blood glucose levels, including regular (Humulin R, Novolin R), NPH (Humulin N, Novolin N), insulin glargine (Lantus), and insulin analog injection (Humalog, NovoLog)
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