Controlling Your Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
For those that have type 1 diabetes, it is crucial to be able to maintain and control the disease and the symptoms that come with it. There are many benefits to controlling your disease and these include reducing your potential risk and damage to other parts of your body that include the kidneys, nerves, and eyes. By keeping your blood glucose levels to as close to normal as possible, you are able to reduce your risks and maintain a healthier lifestyle. When sugar builds up to high levels, it can cause severe damage.
In studies that have been done, maintaining tight control over type 1 diabetes proved that there was a lower risk by gaining lower glucose levels. Although this process showed to be productive, it is not recommended for children that are younger than two; however the ages of two to seven are safe. There are risks that come with tight control and it is a process that may result in brain development being impaired in children that are too young.
Eye damage is one of the complications that can come from type 1 diabetes and once the retina is damaged, it can become irreversible. With diabetes, it is possible that the retina can become damaged without the patient even being aware. Once you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it is recommended that visits to the eye doctor should be more frequent and should begin as early as two years after the diagnosis. Kidney disease is another complication of diabetes, and those that were in the study for tight control were found to be at a lower risk of the disease by up to 50%. For someone that has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, they should be screened for kidney disease at least once a year.
Nerve disease is another concern for diabetics. During the study, those that practiced the tight control method were found to be at risk 60% less than someone that did not. There are many health concerns when it comes to nerve disease, such as if you were to get a small cut or a scratch on your foot, it is possible that you may not notice it due to there being no feeling in your feet. This can lead to infection when not treated right away. It is recommended that when you go to your doctor for your annual exam that you have your feet checked each and every time. It is a great preventative measure to help protect you against infection or sickness from a small scratch that can turn into something more serious.
Heart disease is one last complication that those with diabetes are at a higher risk for than others. Although tight control does seem to lower the risks, maintaining your diabetes is the best form of treatment. Following the guidelines that are set by your doctor, and taking care to maintain your type 1 diabetes, are the ways to take care of yourself and to stay as healthy as possible.
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