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please share some do's and dont's for patients with type 1 diabetes.

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Self: Self motivation and patient education about diabetes, diet, and exercise remains the #1 treatment with meds.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Educate: Educate yourself about diabetes, signs/symptoms, diet, exercise, healthy living, med compliance.
Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 26 years experience
There'is: There is no way to prevent type 1 dm. It is an autoimmune disease. Goal: prevent complications.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Get: Get your yearly eye exam by an ophthalmologist - "better to see you my dear"!
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Myth:: Myth: your doctor can order a test to find diabetes before a child shows signs or symptoms.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Make: Make sure you alternate your injection sites to prevent scarring (lipodystrophy) of your sites.
Dr. Lance Ashworth
General Practice 20 years experience
Keep: Keep weight as close to normal as you can. Exercise 4/7 days a week. Monitor sugar 3x a day to keep Insulin req low.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Type: Type 1 diabetes can now be better controlled with a continuous glucose sensor and an Insulin pump.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
If: If you wake up with a headache, check your blood sugar at 4 am, make sure not too low during the night.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Follow: Follow your diet faithfully and take your Insulin to avoid problems later on in life.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Dont: Dont cheat on your diet and make sure you take your Insulin as prescribed.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
We: We don't know what causes it, so at this time there's no known prevention except try to stay healthy.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Since: Since the predisposition is genetic, be careful who your parents are.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Essentials:: Essentials: education, diet, exercise, insulin, monitoring and following doctor's orders properly.
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Monitor: Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol to reduce heart risk. Eye exam yearly. Always check feet.
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Coping: Coping with diabetes is easier with good medical care: your doctor, nutritionist, pharmacist, exercise.
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Do: Do watch blood pressure, blood sugar, feet & eyes! don't eat sugary foods, be overweight, be sedentary.
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatric Endocrinology 28 years experience
Learn: Learn good habits. Tie self-care behaviors to things you do every day anyway to help remembering.
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Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Watch: Watch for the research on implantable pancreatic cells; it's making progress, showing promise.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Do's and dont's : Do follow the prescribed diet. Don't ignore numbness in your feet.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Pump: Insulin pumps are possible instead of injections, discuss with treating doctor.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Preventing diaproble: Specially made diabetic soles can prevent diabetic ulcers on feet.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Counciling: Often, newly diagnosed patients have a hard time dealing with type 1 & benefit from emotional help or support groups.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Exercise: Consistent exercise can keep blood levels lower but check with treating doctor before starting.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
ALL: All diabetics must have a dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist yearly. Not eyeglass store exams!
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Type: Type 1 diabetics do need yearly eye exams, contrary to what many think!
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
DO:: Do: get a dilated eye exam from ophthalmologist yearly! not eyeglass store exams.
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Type: Type 1 dm is not preventable it is autoimmune disorder but it can be successfully treated.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Is: It is autoimmune and future treatments might include a viral vaccination!
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Do: Do not take up smoking---the diabetes already elevates your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
See: See if your local hospital or dm center has a support group. Talking to others can be helpful.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Live: Live with your illness, not for your illness. Enjoy life. Be active.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Seek: Seek out group help and therapy. Always easier to manage a condition with a team effort.
Dr. Sarah Helfand
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Exclusively: Exclusively breastfeeding your child for the first 5 months will lower the risk in that chlld.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Good: Good oral hygiene, and a healthy mouth makes it easier to control blood sugar levels.
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Currently: Currently not "preventable", relatives of type 1s should watch weight and monitor sugar levels.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Do: Do not take Insulin and not eat. Take extra food or carbs to compensate when physically active.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Take: Take control! keep track of exercise, food eaten, how you feel, and take blood sugar levels often!
Dr. Liuska Pesce
Pediatric Endocrinology 23 years experience
The: The most important component in the treatment of type 1 diabetes is Insulin and close monitoring.
Dr. Liuska Pesce
Pediatric Endocrinology 23 years experience
Do: Do not guess carbohydrate intake and do not miss Insulin injections.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Type: Type 1 diabetics - get your thyroid checked routinely!
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Tight: Tight blood glucose control, healthy eating and regular health checks are essential.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Healthy: Healthy low carbohydrate diet, close monitoring, and insulin.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
All: All diabetics are at greater risk of gum disease! dental care must be regular and always excellent.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Foot: Foot care is important to detect early blood circulation changes.
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Do: Do remember to take basal (long-acting) Insulin when sick. It is necessary even when not eating.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
There's: There's no way to prevent type1 diabetes. Control your sugar levels by eating well and exercising.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Strict: Strict adherence to diet and Insulin dosing are key to success.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Keep: Keep blood sugars under control and live a happy, healthy & prosperous life.
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Just: Just be yourself ! don't let diabetes over whelm and affect your daily life.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
There: There r currently no way to prevent it.Good news is, ongoing studies r testing islet cell antibodies.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Check: Check your blood sugar regularly, keep your sugar at target, keep your appointments with your doctor.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Eat: Eat more fibers- slows digestion to help prevent blood sugar spikes. Spread total carbs across d day.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
More: More frequent monitoring of blood sugar through your day reduces risk of blindness from diabetes.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Regular: Regular exercise may help you reduce the amount of Insulin your body needs.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Check: Check your blood sugar frequently, and adjust your Insulin dosage accordingly.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Sticking: Sticking to a careful diet plan can help control your blood glucose levels.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Don't: Don't throw caution to the wind and eat what everyone else at the party is eating.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Insulin: Insulin is a must! watch what you're eating. Avoid low blood sugar readings.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Diabetics: Diabetics should give themselves a yearly birthday present of an eye exam and visit to a podiatrist!
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Avoid: Avoid processed food. Have regular meals. Do not skip meals. Try to avoid gluten.
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Try: Try to avoiding gluten containing foods. Do not eat processed foods. Avoid all soda!
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Eating: Eating regular meals. Avoid soda. Get aerobic exercise. Positive thoughts. Eat organic foods.
Dr. Daniel Kessler
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Eat: Eat healthier. Try local co-ops or farmers markets for organic food. Become a mentor for diabetes.
Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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Wash: Wash your hands first with soap and water. Touching food before sampling can give a false read.
Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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We: We cannot prevent t1dm. However, once diagnosed, using an Insulin pump can restore some beta cells.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Eating: Eating healthy such a fruits of diff colors, non starchy veggies, beans, lentils, sugar free drinks.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Insulin: Insulin is the mainstay of treatment along with healthy diet and lifestyle.
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
Patients: Patients with diabetes should have yearly dilated eye examination to rule out diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Possible: Possible tx includes Insulin shots, Insulin pumps , healthy eating , exercise, medications, lifestyle.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Do: Do accurately count each carb and don't make assumptions about your intake.
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Don't:: Don't: let your sugar get out of control do: exercise regularly!
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Don't: Don't be shy to tell people you have Insulin dependent diabetes.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Type: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Realize: Realize it is for life and controlling it will save your life.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Do: Do keep tight control to prevent blindness, kidney dysfunction, neuropathy, and joint dysfunction.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
CHECK: Check glucose before you eat, and two hours after. Eat same type of foods and quantity always.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Must: Must treat your body like a 'stick shift' car! must anticipate your food to handle Insulin dose!
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Unfortunately: Unfortunately nothing. Type 1 diabetes may come from an infection, genetics, or auto-immun response.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Do: Do get an annual dilated exam of the retina. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness.
Dr. SCOTT SWOPE
Family Medicine 59 years experience
You: You can have a very normal type life and do most anything you would like to do.
Dr. SCOTT SWOPE
Family Medicine 59 years experience
Medicine: Medicine can be used in combinations to help give you an easier daily life style.
Dr. SCOTT SWOPE
Family Medicine 59 years experience
Eat: Eat regular meals at regular time and take your medicine.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Losing: Losing some weight will lower your blood sugar , improve your health and help you feel better.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Type: Type 1 diabetes is manageable, but may not be preventable.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Keeping: Keeping tight control of your blood sugar usually slows advancement of diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Follow: Follow up and monitor with precision as indicated. Don t ever feel you are alone..
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Myth:: Treatment compliance really does affect the outcomes and consequences.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
An: An Insulin pump may help achieve tighter control of blood sugar and fewer long term complications.
Dr. Manaf Ahmad
Pediatrics 32 years experience
be: Be ready, learn as much as you can, a low blood can be worse than a high blood sugar, ask questions.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Diabetes: Diabetes is a disease. It is no one's fault. Learn ways support your loved ones who have it.
Dr. Joseph Mathews
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Adding: Adding a cgm to your regimen can help avoid the severe hyperglycemias and dangerous hypoglycemias.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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there: There are none - be more careful picking your parents and not getting childhood infections, i guess.
Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
basal/bolus: Basal/bolus Insulin treatment (either injections or pump) is the best way to control type1 diabetes.
Dr. Kelvin Barry
Podiatry 17 years experience
Check: Check the bottom of your feet and between your toes everyday like you brush tour teeth everyday.
Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Ignore: Do make sure to wear a medicalert bracelet that identifies you as a type i diabetic.
Dr. Jamal Mourad
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Ignore: Maintain a healthy life style with plenty of exercise and appropriate weight management.
Dr. Jamal Mourad
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Ignore: Keep good track of blood sugars and have regular, frequent follow up visits with your doctor.
Dr. Felicia Mata
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Ignore: Regular dental visit will help prevent loss of teeth because of susceptibility to bone damage.
Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Ignore: Can't prevent type 1 diabetes, this is caused by damage to the pancreas so it can't make insulin.
Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Ignore: Exercise daily and it will help to keep your sugar better controlled.
Dr. Ramon Garcia-septien
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Ignore: Nutrition exercises and Insulin are the key of the successfull.
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Ignore: Keep close monitoring of glucose and hba1c and keep monitoring for end organ damage.
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Ignore: Most common treatment is insulin. New - islet cell transplant and stem cell research.
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Ignore: Understand that there was nothing that could have prevented this.
Dr. David Fink
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Ignore: Do monitor your blood sugar levels regularly. Don't take extra Insulin so you can eat that donut!
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
Ignore: At this point in time I do not think there is a way to prevent type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Ignore: Insulin is often used. You can help yourself by watching your diet and checking your blood sugars.
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Ignore: Keep a regular and consistent schedule, especially with regard to mealtime.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Ignore: Diabetics need yearly eye exams and podiatry exams.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Have always a source of quick sugar available.
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Ignore: Stay on schedule with eating, meds, and blood auger checks.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Ignore: Make sure to visit your podiatrist and ophthalmologist regularly.
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Ignore: You can't prevent it. This is an autoimmune disorder that destroys the ability to make insulin.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Know how to count your carbs because you will need Insulin for every carb you consume.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Eat regularly and take your Insulin because your eyes and kidneys and your heart depends on it.
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
Nephrology and Dialysis 9 years experience
Ignore: Healthy eating consisting of more protein and less sugar, regular physical exercise.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Ignore: Peer support- join a support group and speak to other people. Learn from those before you.
Dr. Terri Washington
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Ignore: Take Insulin regularly, ; take long-acting Insulin even if sick and not eating, skip short- acting.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Ignore: Must check blood sugar before and after meals to keep things balanced.
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Ignore: Best to use an insulin pump. The systems are all being upgraded. Eat properly, exercise regularly.
Dr. Stuart Seigel
Endocrinology 13 years experience
Ignore: Do count your carbohydrates and treat them with insulin. Don't skip your insulin shots.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Ignore: Do keep A1c at or below ranges as recommended by your endocrinologist.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Ignore: Validate u r on DASH diet, have team check spot urine Na,K,Creat. If Na/K ratio not <0.3 not DASHing.

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