I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a little over three years ago, when I was 19. When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t really know much about diabetes and the care that goes into dealing with it. As with any health condition, I’m still learning but it’s really comforting to know that I’m not alone in this fight and there are millions (literally) of people that are dealing with the same struggles I am! Follow along with my in my week in my life with Type 1 diabetes vlog.
I post a lot about my life with diabetes so that people like me know they’re not alone and also so that people that may not know much about the condition can educate themselves on what living with Type 1 diabetes is actually like. Over on my YouTube channel, I uploaded a day in my life video showing you how I change my blood sugar sensor and insulin pump, what I like to eat in a day, and more!
My Life with Type 1 Diabetes Vlog
Like I mentioned, I have Type 1 diabetes which means my pancreas creates little to no insulin. Insulin regulates the amount of glucose (or blood sugar) in the blood so it’s super important that I use an insulin pump that way my glucose stays at a normal level.
This day, I needed to change my blood sugar sensor and my insulin pump on the same day which I why I thought it was the perfect time to film this video! My insulin pump provides my body with insulin like my pancreas would and my sensor monitors my glucose levels throughout the day. When I first started using an insulin pump, a nurse went over everything with me but now, I’ve been doing it for two years and it’s super easy! For my pump, I use the Sure-T infusion set.
What I Use Daily
For my sensor, I use a Freestyle Libre and change it every two weeks. My top tip for applying the sensor is to use Skin Tac to really help it stick. I work out and sweat a looot, so it’s important that I use the Skin Tac adhesive to really help it stay on for 14 days. I love the Freestyle Libre because it connects to an app on your phone so you can monitor your glucose levels at any time. It also shows you graphs of your blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Eating a balanced diet and working out is extremely important for me. When I don’t work out, my blood sugar levels actually fluctuate but when I do work out, they tend to stay at more normal levels. With that being said, everyone is different and what works for me, may not work for you. It’s super important that you talk with your doctor to find a routine that works for your body and keeps you healthy!
Make sure to check out my day in my life video to learn more about how I live with diabetes and more about my journey. If you have any questions or want to see me make more videos like this, please let me know!
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Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for recipes, dogs, sustainability, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.
Bella Bucchiotti is a freelance food, travel, and lifestyle writer for MSN and the Associated Press Wire.