Katie Coleman, founder of Keep It Real Food Company, has had type 1 diabetes since she was 11 years old. Her products are diabetes-friendly and designed to minimize affect on blood sugar levels.
The first thing to know is that there are two different types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong, autoimmune disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to properly control blood sugar levels. It is sometimes called “juvenile” or “insulin-dependent” diabetes, and is most often diagnosed in children or young adults. Within 5-10 years of onset, the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas are completely destroyed and the body can no longer produce insulin. The exact cause is unknown. The body’s white blood cells mistakenly attack the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It is caused by a problem in the way the body responds to insulin called insulin resistance, which results in high blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs gradually. Many people with the disease are overweight at the time of diagnosis, however, type 2 diabetes can also develop in those who are thin. Low activity level, poor diet, and excess body weight increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.
In order to treat my type 1 diabetes, I wear an insulin pump. (Others with type 1 diabetes take multiple insulin shots every day.) An insulin pump is a small, pager-sized device that carries a reservoir of fast-acting insulin and connects into fatty tissue (the layer just below the skin) in my abdomen area through a tiny plastic tube. I program the pump to deliver insulin in small doses throughout the day (called the basal rate), and larger doses after consuming carbohydrates (called boluses), or to correct a high blood glucose reading. I have worn my insulin pump every day since I was 17 and will continue to do so until a cure is found.
My diabetes is something I have to work on every day, and it will always be a work in progress.
If you have diabetes, I encourage you to try my products and keep me posted on how they affect your blood sugar levels. The products I recommend most for those of us looking to prevent a spike in blood sugar would be our no-grain granola, peanut butter cookies, and cocoa nib cookies. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have!
Owner, Keep It Real Food Co.
Diabetes info from (Google health)