Hello, my boyfriend has type 1 diabetes and we just started living together. I want to find out as much as I can about it. What is considered normal blood sugar? From my understanding, it should be between 80-120, is that right?
Last edited by MyHeart916; 04-11-2010 at 03:33 PM.
First off, let me say that I am happy that you want to learn about his T1. My first word of advice to you is don't lecture. Just keep informed.
As for the numbers. To be in the "normal" glucose range, fasting should be less than 100, and 2 hours after the start of a meal should be less than 140.
In addition to that some of the important things for him to know are his basal rates and how to adjust them, his isf (insulin sensitivity factor - how many points 1 unit of insulin brings him down) and his insulin to carb ratio (how many carbs you can eat for 1 unit of insulin).
There are a number of folks here who take insulin, so feel free to ask lots of questions.
Myheart916: Seeing that it's your boyfriend with this T1, why isn't he teaching you about it all? Are you just wanting to make sure that he's doing everything right?
There is a ton of information on these boards. How long has he had it? I saw on another post of yours that he's 29 years old.
The first things I'd try to understand are the dawn effect, rebound hyperglycemia, and how exercise plays an important role in keeping the BG in control.
I was at a meeting the other night from the JDRF and found out something that I never knew. The doctor said that drinking alcohol causes the liver to stop producing glucose. She was mainly talking about teenagers, young adults, and partying. She cautioned everyone to beware because people that aren't familiar with the diabetes would think that the person that is drunk just passed out because of too much alcohol, when they could actually be in a coma because their BG is too low.
She also cautioned people about smoking because smoking narrows the arteries and makes it harder for sugar/glucose to move around the blood stream the right way and process the insulin.
You can probably get alot of information from the ADA too. Look at some of the sites that are right here on these pages in the Ads by Google in the middle of the screen. Good luck.