Friday, July 20, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Diabetes mellitus, also known as diabetes, is a chronic disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main sugar in the blood.
While there are many forms of the condition, Type 1 diabetes refers to that where the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, a hormone that allows cells to convert glucose into energy. If the body cannot make insulin (or is unable to make enough of it), this can cause a build-up of glucose in the bloodstream, which can lead to multiple organ damage, as well as other complications of diabetes, over time.
Type 1 diabetes was previously called juvenile diabetes, as it is usually found in children, teens, and young adults. However, the condition can occur at any age.
Between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the former is less common, accounting for only five percent of all diagnosed diabetes mellitus cases. However, unlike the latter, which is recognized as a preventable disease, the etiology of Type 1 diabetes is still unclear. Healthcare professionals usually recommend lifestyle changes, glucose regulation, and regular check-ups to manage the condition.
Cells in the pancreas called beta cells are responsible for insulin production in the body. However, in Type 1 diabetes, these beta cells are attacked by the body’s own immune system. In time, the cells become severely damaged and are unable to produce insulin.
Experts have looked into family history as a potential risk factor for Type 1 diabetes, with certain genes making a person predisposed to the disease. In addition, researchers have identified that certain infections and environmental factors could potentially play a role in the development of Type 1 diabetes, but their exact role is unclear.
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, which is commonly diagnosed in children, include the following:
If the condition is left unchecked, complications of Type 1 diabetes can affect major organs of the body, including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, and even the kidneys. Over time, these conditions can be disabling or even fatal. Common complications include the following.
An article in GreenMedInfo.com lists some food items that can improve beta cell regeneration in the pancreas. These include:
For the most part, people with Type 1 diabetes should aim to reduce their insulin requirement to a minimum – while performing at optimum health. In particular, the cardiovascular system should be managed properly through the regulation of blood sugar, attention to diet, reduction of stress, and exercise. However, this does not mean that insulin use should be discontinued, and it should never be attempted without sound advice from a healthcare professional.
Here are some recommended management options for Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, a hormone that allows cells to convert glucose into energy.
Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age.
Type 1 diabetes accounts for only five percent of all diagnosed diabetes mellitus cases.
The cause of Type 1 diabetes is still unclear.
Type 1 diabetes can affect major organs of the body, including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes, and even the kidneys.
Type 1 diabetes can be managed using lifestyle changes, glucose regulation, and regular check-ups.
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