Shock, another factor which messes with your blood glucose levels is alcohol. It is recommended when suffering from Type 1, you should consume less than 2-3 drinks a day... in my case I'm a student so let's be real, that's not going to happen. I don't drink that regularly, once a week maybe, but when… Continue reading The Alcohol Deal
Currently, Storm Emma is causing havoc in Ireland, so there's not going to be a better time to talk about how cold weather affects diabetes management. The reaction to cold weather will vary for everyone, and can cause both hypos and hypers in people. Generally if people go low, it is due to the fact… Continue reading Cold weather and Diabetes
We're a diverse house, to say the least. Ranging from a sesh head, to a gluten intolerant who has a fetish for non gluten-free pizza, a lunatic driver to a stone mad Galway woman who I'm positive lives on a different planet. Living with me probably isn't the easiest given I purposely make them feel… Continue reading Housemates and best mates
As most rugby fans will know, the 6 Nations starts today, which means everything I do will revolve around that until the finish of the tournament on Paddy's weekend in March. Obsessed is an understatement. Rugby has always been a big part of my life and has opened doors for me that I could have… Continue reading 6 Nations Time!
In my previous blog, I highlighted the importance of insulin. The reality of taking insulin is the fact that it can be difficult to get the dosage right. 80% of the time, I get it right, or at least I almost do. For me, "getting it right", is keeping my blood glucose (BG) levels within 1… Continue reading Misjudging insulin doses
Type 1 diabetes, as mentioned in my previous blog, is when the body fails to produce any insulin. So what is insulin and what effect does it have on the body? Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells in the pancreas, it’s needed to transfer glucose from the bloodstream into the body cells. The… Continue reading Insulin and how it works
What is Type 1 diabetes? This may sound like a basic topic, but this time last year, I had absolutely no idea what diabetes was. I thought diabetes was one disease, not at all knowing that while technically sharing the same name, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are very different illnesses. To be very… Continue reading What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Friday the 13th January -ironic at best- the day that I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. One year ago. I was a shadow of myself being admitted into the intensive care unit. I was 45kgs (down from 60kg, a loss of 25%!), breathing heavily and rapidly, and my legs could barely hold my own… Continue reading Aim of Sugar-Coated