Understanding Type 1 Diabetes
At one time, type 1 diabetes was known to the world as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. It is a disorder of the pancreas where the organ does not create any insulin or only a very small amount of it at best. Insulin is needed to get sugar into the blood cells to give you energy. This type of diabetes is most often diagnosed in children, however you can receive a diagnosis at any age. There are many different factors that contribute to type 1 diabetes which include family history and even viruses that expose the body to the disease. However it is important to know that it can be managed although not cured.
Knowing the signs of type 1 diabetes is important. If you are someone that has not yet been diagnosed but are not feeling well, knowing what to look for can give you the signs you need to get to the doctor quickly. Finding yourself constantly thirsty or going to the bathroom more could be a symptom. When sugar in the bloodstream starts to build up the moisture in your tissues is used to dilute it and that causes you to become more thirsty than usual. Thus of course you will need to go to the bathroom more too.
Another symptom is feeling hungry more often. This is due to the blood cells not getting the sugar that they need from lack of insulin. It is possible that you may start to lose weight at a rapid pace even though you are eating more. You may find you feel tired more often, which of course can cause irritability, and you may also have blurred vision. Naturally any of these symptoms may be signs of other concerns but if you are experiencing two or more of them it warrants a trip to the doctor for some blood work to be sure.
There is no set diagnosis of what causes diabetes. It occurs when the islet cells get destroyed in the body and can no longer produce insulin or produce very little. Onset can be related to a virus that you may have contracted which made the immune system weak or it is possible that your family history puts the disease in your genetic line. It affects your liver and other organs as well which can place you in danger of additional medical conditions.
You are also going to find that there are many different complications that can occur from type 1 diabetes. These can include heart and blood vessel disease, nerve and kidney damage, concerns with feet, eyes and skin, osteoporosis, hearing issues and even problems with pregnancy if you would like to have children. It is important to keep in mind that if you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes you run the risk of passing it down to your children. If you are worried that you are showing signs of type 1 diabetes, make a list of questions for your doctor before you visit. Also be sure to let your doctor know your family history, any illnesses that you may have had and any medications that you are taking.
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