Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.
Since being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes he has always done his own injections. For several years he injected insulin twice a day, at breakfast and with his evening meal. At the age of 16 his diabetes care team suggested he change to the basal bolus scheme. He was reluctant to change at first because it would involve injecting at lunchtime and at school. In retrospect says that it wasn't much of a problem and that the new regime is better because it is flexible and offers more independence.
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Last reviewed: August 2016