Type 1 Diabetes and how it happens? Let’s dig deeper. What does diabetes mean anyway? Well, it just means that the blood sugar is too high. This blood sugar is also called glucose.
And how can we get rid of glucose? Where does it come from? Well, it comes from the food we eat and no, we should not get rid of it altogether for we need it for energy. We just need to have the right amount in the right place.
What is one to do? With Type 1 or Type I Diabetes, it looks like we are between a rock and a hard place. Don’t worry, we will show you what to do later. Meantime watch how this courageous boy deals with his type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes used to be known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes because it seemed to occur in children and adolescent. This is also usually seen in young adults when the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas are destroyed.
How are these cells destroyed in Type 1 or Type I Diabetes, you asked? Well, the body immune system attacked and destroyed these cells. As a result, these cells cannot get the glucose they need.
There is something new you ought to know about this so-called juvenile-onset diabetes or Type 1 Diabetes. Now the authorities are saying it does not only appear in children. Why? Because they have seen it appearing at anytime in life.
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Now, let’s get back to the destroyed cells. When these cells do not get the glucose they need, they get starved and so does the diabetic person. When the body does not get the fuel it needs, the person feels weak and tired and may lose weight because the body needs more energy so much so that it forces the breakdown of fat cells. Weight loss makes you happy? Don’t celebrate just yet because there is more to it than meets the eye.
High blood sugar can damage the nerves. And when they do, watch out. There will either be numbness or a tingly or burning sensation in the hands or feet. At night, there will be leg cramps. These are symptoms of neuropathy, showing that the Type 1 Diabetes is affecting the peripheral nerves.
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but when left for long periods, high blood sugars can result in damage to the eyes, heart, skin and kidneys. There will also be increased bacterial infections. This fact may cause skin infections to appear more readily. And to add insult to injury, cuts do not easily heal.
When these cells are destroyed in Type 1 or Type I Diabetes, the body produces little insulin or not at all. In this case, the body cannot lower the glucose level. Instead the glucose accumulates in the blood. This raises a person's blood sugar level. This high blood sugar is called hyperglycemia.
When left untreated, hyperglycemia could lead to what they call DKA or diabetic ketoacidosis coma. How can this happen? Well, when the body does not have adequate supply of insulin, it looks for something else for fuel. This can be found in fat which is broken down to produce energy. The trouble is this process generates a poisonous waste called ketone.
When too many fats break down and they will if the glucose level is not addressed properly in Type 1 Diabetes or Type I, these ketones will gather in the blood and in due course in the urine. If left untreated, the person can become unconscious and perhaps die. This will not happen to you for we will face this challenge together. I promise.
So you will be able to do something about this ketone-business, here are some of the symptoms that may help you give yourself a little test:
increased heart rate
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The February 2008 issue of Diabetes Forecast reports on Elizabeth Perkin's fight with type 1 diabetes. She is an actress who has received a lot of nominations for her acclaimed portrayal of a character in Weeds. She was diagnosed at age 44 while filming the first year of Weeds in 2005.
At first, she was overwhelmed but she learned how to monitor her blood glucose level and inject herself. She didn't tell anybody about her condition. It took her 18 months before getting over being scared and feeling alone. She just admitted to herself that no one else can save her but herself. She feels better now and says she's happier than before the diagnosis.
It goes to show that not giving up to the condition will help anyone get over the difficult period. Good attitude will help one in the long run. Besides, worrying about it will not accomplish anything. Also, did you know that we attract whatever it is in our thoughts? So think happy!
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Do you have some of the above symptoms? Then get to your doctor and he will test you for Type 1 or Type I Diabetes. This way you can start feeling better right away.
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Since prevention is worth a pound of cure, check up on the possible causes and then take action to correct the situation. High blood sugars may be the result of eating too much and inadequate insulin. They may also be due to some medications. Illness that obstructs the glucose metabolism could also be the culprit in raising your glucose levels.
What to do, that is the question. Unfortunately or fortunately, treatment for Type 1 Diabetes includes daily insulin injection or using an insulin pump. This will be an aid for the body in managing the glucose it needs. This treatment should be accompanied by both diet of making intelligent choice of food like this:
And of course regular exercise plays a role. It also helps to take aspirin every day and to control cholesterol and blood pressure. Watch for more on type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes has just received some good news from a Cambridge University research that found the artificial pancreas system kept the blood glucose system normal more than the ordinary pump.
There were also no hypoglycemia events compared to nine in the ordinary pump group. It goes to show that the devices now available when put together with the algorithm the researchers developed can lower the hypos risk overnight.
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