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What's in My Diabetes Care Kit?

Living with diabetes, whether it's type 1 or any other type, demands consistent habits and essential tools to ensure a comfortable journey. Managing day-to-day challenges can be tough, but designing your personal Diabetes Care Kit becomes vital in keeping your blood sugar in check and thriving with diabetes.

After years of trial and error, I've finally discovered the perfect combination that allows me to not just manage but flourish with type 1 diabetes. In this blog post, I'll share the diabetes tools that make up my Diabetes Care Kit and the lifestyle habits that play a significant role in my journey toward optimal health.

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Tools in My Diabetes Care Kit

1. Tresiba Long-Acting Basal Insulin

Despite the availability of insulin pumps, I've chosen to stick with injecting insulin for over 40 years. Tresiba serves as my reliable long-acting basal insulin, supporting my daily diabetes management.

2. Novolog Short-Acting Bolus Insulin

For quick adjustments and managing post-meal spikes, Novolog comes to the rescue as my short-acting bolus insulin.

3. Dexcom G7 CGM

My continuous glucose monitor Dexcom G7 is like my reliable companion, giving me real-time data to stay on top of my blood sugar levels.

4. Accu Chek Blood Glucose Meter

This essential tool helps me calibrate my CGM whenever necessary, providing accurate readings for better decision-making.

a woman uses tools from her diabetes care kit.

Lifestyle Habits That Empower My Diabetes Journey

  1. Balanced Nutrition: My diet focuses on low carbs with plenty of veggies and fruits, complemented by lean proteins and healthy fats. This balanced approach keeps my blood sugar stable and energizes me throughout the day. Check these Five Blood Sugar Balanced Meals Using 12 Basic Ingredients!

  2. Regular Exercise: I strive to be active every day, engaging in various activities like gym workouts, walking, weight training, paddleboarding, and yoga. Exercise not only improves my insulin efficiency but also boosts my energy and overall well-being. Check out these tips for Exercising with Diabetes!

  3. Adequate Sleep: Prioritizing 7-8 hours of restful sleep is crucial for diabetes management and overall health.

  4. Hydration: Starting my day with a tall glass of water with lemon sets the tone for proper hydration, as I aim for 80-100 ounces of water daily.

  5. Daily Prayer & Meditation: Nourishing my spirit through daily prayer, learning, praise, and gratitude helps me stay centered and positive in my diabetes journey. Learn more about Yoga for Diabetes Management!

Living and thriving with diabetes is indeed possible when you have the right tools and habits in place. My Diabetes Care Kit, consisting of diabetes tools like Tresiba, Novolog, Dexcom and Accu-Chek, gives me confidence in managing my blood sugar.

Combining this with essential lifestyle habits, including balanced nutrition, regular exercise, adequate sleep, hydration, and daily spiritual nourishment, I feel empowered and in control of my diabetes and long-term health. Remember, it all starts with you, and with determination and the right mindset, you can thrive with diabetes and lead a fulfilling life.

Download my Thrive with Type 1 Diabetes After 40 guide for a simple action plan to start excelling in life while managing diabetes!

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