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Life is Sweet

Shiri Newmark

Even if you know the difference between the words glucose, glucose meter, and glucagon, you probably don’t use them on a daily basis. These terms only became part of my life a few months ago, along with others ones, such as insulin, carb-counting, and… type 1 diabetes.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

You wouldn’t know it by looking at me, because I can still do everything my friends can do, but I have diabetes. In other words, my body does not produce the insulin it needs in order to use the carbohydrates I eat. That’s why I have to count the carbs I plan to eat at each meal, give myself a shot with insulin, and then actually eat what I planned to eat. (Not always as simple as it may sound.) A glucose meter is what’s used to measure the glucose blood, and glucagon is only used if, chas v’shalom, a diabetic’s blood sugar goes so low that they faint. If this is starting to sound very complicated, it’s not your imagination. It is complicated. I had to learn all of this very quickly, as soon as I found out that I had diabetes. Before that, though, I wasn’t feeling well for a few weeks and I didn’t know why… 

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