Cystic Fibrosis and the Diabetes Link
When you think of diabetes, you usually think of someone that needs to take insulin each and every day. There are many other medical conditions, however, that are linked to diabetes and cystic fibrosis is one of them. This type of diabetes is special in its own way and the treatment for this is not the same as for someone that just has diabetes. It is also important to keep in mind that those who are already diagnosed with diabetes have a good chance of being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as early as the age of 20.
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, also known as CFRD, is a combination of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Patients that have cystic fibrosis are not able to produce enough insulin for the body to do its job. The pancreas ends up scarred as a result of this. Of course insulin resistance is also another contributing factor where the insulin in the body is not used the right way. Both of these are symptoms of both types of diabetes; however with CF, there is a combination of them working against the body which can create more symptoms and medical complications for treatment.
The signs and symptoms of CFRD are going to the bathroom to urinate more often and never feeling as though you can quench your thirst. This is the result of the blood sugar levels in the body being too high. It is also possible that you may experience weight loss that you are not trying for, feeling tired most of the time, and even the function of the lungs not working correctly and there is no explanation for it. Of course these are also signs and symptoms and diabetes, so if you are diagnosed for one, it is best to be tested for the other. Most often, those that are diagnosed with diabetes and begin a treatment plan will reverse these symptoms and start to feel healthier as time goes on. If insulin is prescribed, you are on the right track to getting healthy.
To treat CFRD, insulin is given as the choice of medication. This not only treats the diabetes but the cystic fibrosis as well. With the treatment of insulin, the proteins and the sugars from the blood will be able to make their way to the cells of the body where they are needed. Of course you will be able to rebuild the muscle that you need and get back your energy as well. Other benefits to taking the insulin are that you will have a better chance of keeping your blood sugar levels where they need to be, gain some weight if needed, and you can maintain your diabetes if you have been diagnosed. Think of it as killing two birds with one stone so to speak.
It is important to keep in mind that by eating a healthy diet, keeping up with your medication, and getting the right amount of exercise, you will be able to maintain a healthy way of life.
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