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Type 1 Diabetes

Posted Sep 16 2008 12:00am

There are 2 different classifications for Diabetes.  There is type 1 diabetes and there is type 2 diabetes.  Both types of diabetes can be very dangerous if not properly maintained, yet they have different prescribed treatments to ensure that the disease does not get out of hand.

Here are a couple of facts that most people don’t know about type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, which means to say that it is a disease where the immune system of the body automatically destructs the body’s essential cells and tissues. In the case of diabetes type 1, the body aims at destructing the beta cells of the pancreas organ. These cells help in producing the hormone insulin which is required by the body to breakdown sugars. In the absence of these cells the body produces lesser amounts of insulin. When less amounts of insulin are produced, the body is not able to breakdown ingested sugars to produce energy by providing glucose.

Type 1 diabetes is often associated with young people and is therefore also referred to as ‘juvenile diabetes.’ However, in recent times, many cases of type 1 diabetes have also been reported in adults and therefore it should be diagnosed carefully. It is important for a person suffering from type 1 diabetes to regularly inject himself with insulin, to provide the body with the required amount. In the absence of these injections, the brain might go in coma due to lack of energy provided by sugars, in the form of glucose.

A person suffering from type 1 diabetes should maintain a proper diet as it is required to provide the body with the essential amount of energy. Lack of a proper diet may lead to death or a coma. Proper care should be taken by regular exercise, frequently self checking sugar levels, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

In recent times, kidney and pancreas transplants have emerged as a treatment for this disease. However, they are not very popular due to the fact that a person must take immune-suppressants which have adverse side effects. In other cases, a person’s body may also reject the transplanted organ, leading to dangerous complications.

Dangerous complications are not usually listed at the top of anyone’s list of things that they would like to have.  Surgery in and of itself is always a scary procedure let alone a transplant of that magnitude.  But in some circumstances it can in fact be the only way to be treated properly.  Some advance levels of diabetes can even cause death if not treated properly.

Type 1 Diabetes is a difficult disease to have.  Fortunately it is not something that will shorten your lifespan if treated properly.  If you pay no attention to your physicians instructions you can easily fall into some diabetes complications.  This makes it imperative to follow whatever regimen your physician prescribes. Failure to do so can have some pretty impacting results overall that could end up shortening your life span for sure.

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