Friends and Roommates
Do you have a friend, sibling, or significant other with Type 1 diabetes? We commend you for taking a step toward learning more about it. Check out some of these frequently asked questions that should give you a better understanding of what Type 1 diabetes is and how you can support your PWD (that’s Person With Diabetes!)
What is Type 1 diabetes?
What is a Type 3?
Is my friend going to be okay?
What happens when a PWD’s blood sugar is below the suggested range and how is it treated?
What are the symptoms of low blood sugar and what does it feel like?
What can I do to help a low blood sugar?
What happens when a PWD’s blood sugar is higher than the suggested range and how is it treated?
What are the symptoms of high blood sugar and what does it feel like?
What can I do to help a high blood sugar?
Can a person with diabetes drink alcohol?
In Case of an Emergency
Don’t freak out – the following are things that do not happen often, but we want to make you aware of them in case of emergency.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
Extreme Low Blood Sugar
The symptoms for extreme low blood sugar vary, but confusion and unresponsiveness are common. If you suspect that a PWD has a very low blood sugar, call 911. The operator may ask you if your PWD has a Glucagon. Glucagon is injected into the body and tells your liver to produce glucose quickly. Your PWD may or may not have one, but it’s a good idea to know where it’s kept just in case. They can explain to you how to use it.