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Does T1D get easier?

by IBD Medical on August 17, 2021

T1D Management

Written by Andi Balog

Some say ‘t1d doesn’t get easier, you just find better ways to cope with it’... But I believe it’s a bit of both. 

After 18 years of living with this disease and almost 10 years in the health and fitness industry, I truly believe that t1d CAN get easier with time if you learn from your experiences. 

And by ‘learn’ I mean REALLY take a deep dive into how T1D affects you and your body personally in as many different situations and scenarios as possible. 

It’s all about trial and error! The first year or so after the diagnosis is often daunting and learning to accept the diagnosis. This time can be particularly difficult, and you just have to take each day as it comes.

The next few years are prime time to pay VERY CLOSE ATTENTION to eeeeeveerything that goes on in your day and how it affects your t1d management.

This is what I recommend based on my experience:


  • buy a journal .. a big one
  • try everything!
  • take notes (very detailed)
  • make changes
  • watch for patterns
  • always expect the unexpected
  • and always put yourself and your health first.. that means saying no a lot more than you say yes & sleeping more than others your age

Do the hard work upfront for an easier T1D ride later. That’s what I did - and 10/10 would (and do) recommend this method to all those with t1. 

I dare you to challenge your beliefs about t1d... It can get easier with time.


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Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.