Diabetes - @type1diabetic_life & @t1disabeach

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“Our daughter, Coral, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 15 months old and was in diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) - a day later she would’ve gone into a diabetic coma and died. T1d is a chronic life-threatening autoimmune disease where the body attacks the beta cells in the pancreas making that person insulin dependent for life. Without working insulin, your body’s blood builds up acidic ketones from burning fat instead of glucose for energy, affecting every organ in your body. Immediate hospitalization and IV fluids and insulin are needed to survive. There is no known cure for T1d yet. You cannot reverse, outgrow or prevent it. Nothing we did caused it - not due to poor lifestyle choices or lack of exercise. T1ds need insulin to live either by multiple daily injections (MDI) or insulin pump therapy. They must poke their fingers [or toes for young children] to check their blood glucose 8-10 times daily. They must count every gram of carbohydrate to calculate the precise amount of insulin they need prior to eating. We work extremely hard 24/7/365 to make sure she continues to stay alive and thrive despite this beast of a disease. She can do and eat anything non-diabetics can with careful planning. She’s been using an insulin pump since 2017 and a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (CGM) since 2016. T1d won’t stop her from having fun! Learn more on our blog at Typeonediabetic-life.com” @type1diabetic_life & @t1disabeach

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