PRO­FES­SOR JU­LIANNE REID

Diabetic Living - - LIVING WELL -

AS­SO­CIATE PROVOST, CURTIN UNI­VER­SITY:

TYPE 1, 45 YEARS

On keep­ing con­trol

I aim for qual­ity of life and don’t let di­a­betes stop me do­ing any­thing. Some­times it can get tricky to get the ‘bal­ance’ right, and in these in­stances fre­quent mon­i­tor­ing of your BGLs be­come more im­por­tant. I do a rea­son­able amount of trav­el­ling and al­ways carry all my in­sulin with me. One time my back-up sup­ply was in my checked lug­gage and my lug­gage

was lost, so I never do this any more. In­creas­ing ex­er­cise lev­els can change your in­sulin re­quire­ments dra­mat­i­cally. When I walked the Inca

Trail in Peru, I halved my in­sulin doses through the day as it was chal­leng­ing and much more ex­er­cise than I was used to. I en­joy good food and go­ing to restau­rants. I never eat dessert (un­less it’s fresh fruit) but some­times it’s hard to es­ti­mate sugar con­tent, so I ad­just my rapid-act­ing in­sulin dose to the best of my abil­ity and mon­i­tor my glu­cose lev­els to check.

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