Type 1 Diabetes Tips
Newly diagnosed Type 1:
For those of you that are newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, your whole world just got flipped upside down. Here are 10 things we think you should know right now:
1. It will be okay. This whirlwind will settle down. Take a breath and know that diabetes will not hold you back. You can still live your normal life, you just have to take extra steps to live a healthy life.
2. Every day with diabetes is different. More than just food, insulin, and exercise will affect your blood sugar numbers. You will soon learn the habits of your body but remember that stress and hormones will affect your blood sugar. The more you test your blood sugar, the more you will know.
3. The more you know your blood sugar, the better.  The best way to stay healthy and have good control is to know your numbers. Try a continuous glucose monitor to see if you like it.
4. Having good control is worth it in the long run. Having bad control can lead to serious complications down the road. You won’t see them right away but it is important to know that the better control you have will limit or eliminate these complications all together.
5. Join a support group, or find someone else with type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 are their own experts. It is good to connect with others with t1d because they may have tips in areas that you need help. It is always good to find support through others going through the same thing so you are not alone. JDRF and William Sansum Diabetes Center collaborates in bringing support to the central coast through a support group called ONETALK.
6. Create a 1 page emergency plan for those around you. Especially for parents of children with type 1, create a page that has details about blood sugars and insulins and exercise that you can give to teachers, parents of their friends, coaches, etc.  
7. You will quickly become a carbohydrate counting expert. People usually stick to eating the same foods. It will take time at first looking up all the carbohydrates in the different foods that you make but you will start remembering them.
8. Eating out can be difficult at first. Similar to number 3, checking your blood sugar often when eating out will help you understand how many carbohydrates in the meals you eat for future reference.
9. Continue learning about diabetes and new technologies available. There are new tools and tricks on the market every month. Stay up to date by following different diabetes organizations on Facebook or twitter. Talk to your doctor about trying out an insulin pump or a continuous glucose monitor.
10. Buy a medic alert bracelet. It is the easiest way to tell others around you that you have type 1 diabetes if something bad were to happen to you.