The Mayo Clinic describes Type 1 Diabetes as “a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.” What causes this disease?
There are several factors that may contribute to the onset, starting with genetics or viruses. It is chronic and cannot be “prevented.” There is no cure, but individuals can be taught how to mange this condition. The prospect for most individuals with diabetes (type 1) is very good as long as proper treatment is given and maintained.
Signs for type 1 diabetes can begin suddenly or gradually. They include:
It is best to make an appointment with your doctor after you notice any of the changes mentioned. With type 1 diabetes, individuals do not produce enough or in some cases, no insulin at all. As mentioned earlier, insulin is produced in the pancreas. In a healthy individual, the pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream. Thereafter, insulin spreads to each cell which, in turn, allows sugar (glucose) to spread to each cell as well. However, with this condition, since the body is not manufacturing enough insulin, sugar is not being allowed into the cells at all. It lingers out in the blood where serious complications arise.
Some of the complications have already been discussed, but emphasis is needed to impress upon the reader the importance of maintaining adequate blood sugars – especially is this so when considering the disabling affects. Life-threatening complications may develop like heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney damage (nephropathy), eye/sight problems, foot ailments, skin and mouth conditions, osteoporosis, pregnancy complications and hearing problems.
Now, we’ve talked about all the dramatic stuff. Let’s talk about what we can do to maintain a healthy life with Type 1 diabetes.
Take your insulin, for one. This is very important since the body is not making enough.
Exercise and maintain a healthy weight by eating the right foods.