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Maria Paz & Diabetetips

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on July 18, 2018 during my winter break. I went to the hospital because I had been thirsty for several days, had blurred vision and went to the bathroom a lot. When I got to the hospital they measured my blood sugar and I dialed 700 mg / dL. They admitted me to the emergency room and began the tests and treatment to lower my blood sugar.

I could not understand that my diagnosis was diabetes and that I should inject insulin to be able to be well, I never thought that something like this was going to happen to me and I just thanked God for not having found out in a more horrible way. To this day my parents are sad to know that I live with this condition, but with the help of my whole family I have come out ahead. At first, I saw all this as something terrible, but now over time I have learned to live with this and feel “healthy”, my blood glucose levels are very good and all this is because with a lot of organization I have been able to order my meals and my times. Now I can say yes, I have diabetes, but it is not something that prevents me from being the same as before.

One of my biggest concerns was traveling to places where there is not a very close hospital and going to Peru, specifically reaching Machupichu was something that scared me.

On February 15 with my partner we traveled to Peru, we were in Arequipa, Cusco, Aguas Calientes (Machupichu) and in Puno. Another concern was how to maintain refrigerated insulin, a problem that affects many of us. But everything went well thanks to my cooling case that helped keep two Lantus and one Apidra in perfect condition. My final concern was that I had to push my body at levels that it hadn’t been since I was diagnosed. However, my body responded perfectly to the demand for strength, cardio, heat, fatigue, among others. My blood glucose levels were perfect, I did not suffer from any hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.

My partner and I went up to MACHUPICCHU we walked through a path with stairs for 1 hour 30 minutes. Upon reaching the entrance of Machupichu I had a blood glucose of 92 mg / dL where, after visiting Mappi, I maintained the perfect blood glucose level.

 In general, it was a very beautiful, cultural trip with a lot of connection with nature where I learned that diabetes was not an impediment at all if we do it responsibly.

Currently, I am in 3rd year of the Nutrition and I have an account on Instagram called DIABETETIPS where I talk about tips, recipes, education, and experiences with diabetes. It has more than 2,550 followers and I hope to continue climbing.

Managing the Diabetetips was a great help to understand and accept my diabetes, from the Instagram account I speak with many people who tell me about their experiences with diabetes and I help them in the best way I can through my knowledge about food and nutritional education.

I know that I have been with this condition for a few years, but I also know it will be for a lifetime, so day by day I try to learn more, research more and inform myself about what is Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

Currently, I am in 3rd year of Nutrition as a career and I have an account on Instagram called DIABETETIPS where I talk about tips, recipes, education, and experiences with diabetes. It has more than 2550 followers and I hope to continue climbing.

Handling the Diabetetips was a great help to understand and accept my diabetes, from the account I speak with many people who tell me about their experiences with diabetes and I help them in the best way I can and I do it with my knowledge about food and nutritional education.

I know that I have been with this condition for a few years, but I also know that it is for a lifetime, so day by day I try to learn more, research more and inform more about what is Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus.

María Paz
my name is María Paz, I am 22 years old and I am from Santa Cruz, Chile

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