Make friends with your sugar

Hey sweets,

A quick introduction, my name is Abhishek. Although I am not a diabetic but my girlfriend is a Type 1. I feel all the more a part of journey as she discovered the same right in front of me and we share each and every moment of our lives together. So yeah I really can relate to the same.

Over the course of 4 years since the time she got diagnosed with the same I have realised some important things.

1. The sooner you come to terms with your condition the better it is.

2. Diabetes isn’t just about eating sweet things.

3. You may want to be in touch with your sugar levels as much as possible. To be true your glucometer is your first best friend in your initial days. Once you know better about your daily intake and accordingly the dosage you might be a little less dependent on your friend. But yes it is a friendship you need to stick on to for life.

4. Always keep your sweets handy as hypoglycemia or low blood sugar may just strike you when you are least expecting. And it can be a very tricky if you don’t have something sweet or someone who may help you with that around.

5. Try and take your insulin and lantus on a particular defined time as much as possible to maintain the pattern. This may help in keeping your sugar levels in better control.

6. An occasional drink is not a sin till the time you know how to handle it and how to go about your diet.

7. You are as normal as you believe you are as healthy food is as important for a person with no diabetes as it for the one who is.

8. People may find it difficult to understand your situation but most of the times it is lack of awareness so never lose heart and yes do not miss a chance to make them aware.

I hope the above might help one of you in some way. There are so many aspects and experiences which I would want to share but I will keep it short and simple for now.

Will keep posting more and it will be great to read some of your experiences too. See you around everyone.

– Abhishek Arora