Saturday, February 15, 2020

Healthy Living as a Type 1 Diabetic: Tandem X2 Insulin Pump & Dexcom G6 CGM

New Podcasts:

Healthy Living Diabetes: Tandem X2 Insulin Pump & Dexcom G6 CGM

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Anyone who has Type 1 Diabetes knows what a struggle it can be. It is a manageable condition but requires exceptional discipline, constant monitoring of blood glucose levels and planning. Staying healthy as a Type 1 Diabetic is a full time job in and of itself.  It also requires knowledge of the food we eat, how it is digested and how it converts to carbohydrates.  While diabetes has common traits, it also can vary from person to person depending on many factors, including weight, stress, general health, sleep cycles, diet, and general health. Even our insulin sensitivity can vary. Having access to technology such as a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and an insulin pump can be the difference between getting by and living as a healthy diabetic. As a user of the Tandem X2 Insulin Pump & Dexcom G6 CGM I can honestly say it changed my life. 
A few years ago when I discovered I required insulin to stay alive, it seemed like a devastating
diagnosis. I was in denial, shock, and felt depressed. Once I got past those feelings I learned it can be managed. However I am one of the lucky ones, I had a close friend who is a Pharmacist with a specialty in diabetes management. Although he hadn't planned to, he became a personal coach and taught me so much. Last April I started using an insulin pump, which was a really difficult concept for me to get over. Once I got it and started using it I wondered why I resisted for so long. I tweeted about it last June, sharing a video and I had a number of people contact me about it, just from that post on Twitter. During this podcast I will share what I learned, and my own experiences on this journey as a Type 1 Diabetic. I am not an expert, but this podcast is intended to provide hope and support to anyone struggling with diabetes. My one tip to everyone is always insist on seeing an endocrinologist. You deserve an expert who understands your whole system. I'll share my story in this episode.
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post, and has no affiliation to Dexcom or Tandem Diabetes. The content is my own opinions and experiences. Always consult your own doctor for medical advice in managing your own diabetes.

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