How to Manage Your Diabetes as a College Student
The last thing that you want interfering with your college experience is your diabetes. Even if you were on the ball under your parents’ roof, it’s a completely different game once you’re fully accountable for yourself. There’s naturally going to be some adjustments to your life, you shouldn’t let managing your diabetes consume your college life. The best way to make an easy transition is sticking with a schedule. If you went to the gym each afternoon at home, do that at college.
Stocking your dorm room
When you were living at home, you likely had a spot in your room where you kept all your supplies, and your dorm room should be no different. Among those things are:
- Emergency contacts where your roommate can easily see them
- Designated box in your desk or on some shelves to hold all of your supplies
- Extra stock of supplies and up to date prescriptions
Mini fridges are a must for college dorm rooms when walking the couple of blocks to the dining hall is out of the question. You’ll also be able to keep some snacks and your insulin and hypoglycemia treatments.
Navigating the dining hall
Dining hall food is questionable enough already for people who don’t have any limitations with their diet, so for diabetics, it makes it a near impossible task to find something that not only tastes good but won’t catapult you into sugar shock. Steer clearly overly saturated foods like hot dogs, and don’t gorge on pizza. Maintaining your diabetes friendly diet is doable, and if you ever have a question about some shady looking meat loaf, just ask. Or, don’t eat it.
Your parents knew what to do in case you had a reaction, and so should your roommate. Walk them through the process of how to administer a shot and check your blood sugar levels. Medical ID bracelets are also a great way to give your roommate (and yourself) peace of mind so the right people know what to do.
They don’t call college the best four years of your life for nothing: The social scene is rampant, and if you’re drinking, you need to understand the effect alcohol has on your glucose levels. Since it’ll cause your blood sugar to spike, your calorie intake needs to be controlled. One drink can typically be swapped as two fat exchanges.
You can also mix liquor with water (such as sweet tea vodka and water) or diet soda to avoid the premixed sugary concoctions at most bars. To be safe, make sure a friend is with you who knows what to do just in case you start having a reaction.
About the Author
Erin Everhart is a health nut, blogger, writer and director of web marketing at 352 Media Group, a digital marketing and web design company. She works closely with Hope Paige Medical, a company providing fashionable medical ID bracelets.
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