with Juvenile Diabetes is a balancing act between two extremes.
First there is that of high blood sugar levels this is the
effect of not having working islet cells to produce insulin. Without
any insulin the body begins to literally consume itself in a process
called Diabetic acidosis. The long term damage of high blood
sugars results in damage to nerves and blood vessels called complications.
second is insulin itself, it's effect in a normal person,
results in the regulation of glucose levels. When given directly
to a person without any natural control of the amount released in
the body can cause dangerous lows in blood sugar levels,
these can lead to insulin shock, leading to coma, or even
factors are exercise, diet, hormones and a multitude of other influences
that can push a blood sugar levels into one extreme or another.
Every day and every hour in life with diabetes requires
negotiating each move with strategy and planning.
with Juvenile Diabetes requires planing out each move of every day,
by using insulin, checks on our blood sugar levels, and the other
tools such as diet and exercise to keep our levels from falling
into extreme highs or lows.
this isn't easy, and often requires us to regulate out of range
sugar levels, in the case of highs with additional insulin, and
lows with extra food or sweets.
experience, this process can be fine-tuned so it works almost seamlessly,
although there are some days when controlling blood sugar levels are like
riding a roller-coaster of highs and lows.