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What one thing should I consider if I want to live alone with T1D?

If you want to live alone or find yourself in situations where you are on your own for long periods of time, individuals with T1D (type one diabetes) need to consider how they will manage Hypers and Hypos.

A Hyper or Hyperglycemia occurs when you have too much sugar/glucose in your bloodstream. The Hyperglycaemia symptoms you need to watch out for are:

  • feeling very thirsty and peeing more, especially at night
  • suddenly losing a lot of weight and not being sure why
  • feeling super tired, lacking in energy and generally feeling unwell
  • feeling sick and/or having a stomach ache
  • suffering frequently from infections like thrush or cystitis
  • suffering headaches and/or blurred vision

A Hypo or Hypoglycaemia happens when there isn’t enough sugar/glucose in your bloodstream. The Hypoglycaemia symptoms you need to watch out for are:

  • feeling lightheaded, shaky and sweaty
  • feeling fragile and wanting to cry
  • suffering headaches and/or blurred vision
  • suffering tingling in the lips, tongue or cheeks
  • feeling irritable and becoming confused
  • struggling to concentrate and focus on things
  • suffering slurred speech, behaving like you are drunk
  • suffering a seizure

Reference: https://jdrf.org.au/hyperglycaemia/ & https://jdrf.org.au/hypoglycaemia/

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