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 Diabetes Type 1

Type 1 Diabetes is also referred to as juvenile-onset Diabetes and usually occurs to people under the age of 30, but can occur at any age.

Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas makes little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone manufactured and secreted by the pancreas. Insulin is essential for the cells of your body to metabolize glucose properly making it possible for your body to function normally.

Type 1 Diabetes is caused by damage to the pancreas, an organ near the stomach that contains beta cells, which produce insulin. Many things can destroy beta cells, but in most people with insulin-dependent diabetes, a glitch in the immune system causes it to attack the beta cells. Without insulin-producing beta cells, glucose builds up in the blood.

Type 1 Diabetes accounts for only 5 percent to 10 percent of all cases of diabetes. Although Insulin-dependent diabetes is much less common, it is more severe.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects 0.3% of the world's population. It is caused by auto-aggressive T cells that infiltrate the pancreas and eventually destroy the insulin-producing B-islet cells. This results in an increase in glucose levels, which are normally kept in check by insulin. Autoimmune diabetes usually affects young people, who are then dependent on an artificial source of insulin for life.

Type 1 Diabetes cannot be cured but it can be treated and controlled in partnership with your Doctor Diabetic Specialist.

Diabetes - Type 1 - Symptoms You May Have
Early symptoms of untreated diabetes related to elevated blood sugar levels, and losses of glucose through urine. Early symptoms are:

bullet Increased thirst and frequent urination - As excess sugar builds up in your bloodstream, fluid is pulled from your tissues. This leaves you thirsty and you may become dehydrated causing you to drink and urinate more than usual.
bullet Extreme hunger - Your muscles and organs become depleted of energy without enough insulin to move sugar into your cells. This intense hunger will persist even after you eat. Without insulin, your body’s cells never receives the sugar in the food you eat.
bullet Weight Loss - Despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger, you will start to
notice weight loss - sometimes rapidly and extreme.
bullet Fatigue - You may become tired and irritable when your cells are deprived of sugar.
bullet Blurred vision - If your blood sugar level is too high, fluid is pulled from your tissues including the lenses of your eyes which will affect your ability to focus clearly.

Your Doctor can perform tests to determine if you have Diabetes 1 and prescribe a method of treatment best for your individual needs.



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