SWEET Talk Q & A

Welcome to the SWEET Talk Q & A, our advanced self-management guidelines for people with type 1 diabetes

As you know, we strongly believe in the benefits of very good diabetes control for you! The LSCD team has been working with clients to achieve this goal for many years.

In the process we’ve learned a lot and have tried to gather it all together into this resource. We sure do not have all the answers but we’ll share the best ones we do have, and working together, we’ll keep finding better ways to care for type 1 diabetes.

Questions and Answers

1. Why should my A1C (glucose average) be 7 per cent or less?

    • DCCT results
    • EDIC results

2. Isn’t there more to diabetes control than an A1C?

3. What does a healthy pancreas, without diabetes, do exactly?

4. What do I have to do to get an A1C less than 7 per cent?

5. I hate testing! How many times do I really need to test my sugar?   

6. The best way to replace insulin: Learning to act like a pancreas.

7. What are my options for insulin delivery systems?

    • multiple dose insulin options
    • insulin pumps

8. How do pumps work and what makes them different?

9. What are the benefits of Multiple Dose Insulin (MDI) using a pen or a syringe?

10. Continuous blood glucose testing: How do sensors work?

11. Why is insulin therapy for type 1 diabetes called Intensive Therapy (IT)?

12. Recording sugars is a pain. Why should I keep records?

13. What is a baseline dose of insulin? My doses are always different.

14. What are Pattern Management principles?

15. What’s a correction factor? An insulin sensitivity? A ratio?

16. How do I count carbs? And why??

     FAQ about:

    • why do I have goal carbs?
    • calculating insulin doses
    • carbohydrate:insulin ratios
    • calculating a ratio

17. Fast Food Guides

18. Treating high sugar: What do I do about food, fluids & insulin when I feel sick?

19. Troubleshooting for people using a pump

      FAQ on:

    • I just changed my site and my sugars are high
    • when your pump stops working
    • determining a temporary insulin dose – a back up plan
    • tape tips

20. Evaluating pump basal and bolus doses – using Pattern Management for pumps

21. When should I call my diabetes doctor or nurse?