What is Type 1 Diabetes?

   

Type 1 Diabetes CausesWhat-is-Type-1-Diabetes

According to most articles I read, the exact cause of type 1 diabetes is still unknown. The researchers only have theories about the causes, but there is no concrete evidence.

   

They said it was due to a condition known as autoimmune diseases. I do not know too much about this condition but it’s like your body’s immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas instead of dangerous viruses or bacteria.

The problem is your body begins to produce less and less insulin until it unable to produce insulin at all. While our bodies depend on insulin to convert glucose (blood sugar) from food into energy for our activities.

The next question is what causes this “autoimmune diseases”?

The researchers believe there several things that can lead to type 1 diabetes, include:

1. Genetic

If you have close relatives, such as brothers, sisters or your parents with type 1 diabetes, then you have a 6% risk of developing diabetes type 1. As for people who do not have close relatives with the condition, the chance is just under 0.5%.

2. Vitamin D

One of the interesting data that I found, the highest incidence of type 1 diabetes tend to be located away from the equator. Countries like Australia, Canada, the UK and Scandinavia all have a high number of people with type 1 diabetes.

People with low vitamin D levels also have a higher chance of developing the condition. I think you can consider adding vitamin D supplements in your shopping list the next time, as a number of studies have shown that consumption of vitamin D from supplements can help reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes.

3. Cows’ milk

Several studies have shown that consumption of cow’s milk in toddlers may increase the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Researchers believed that bovine insulin within cow’s milk was the key factor.

If you can not breastfeed your child and forced to use cow’s milk, then try to find insulin-free milks for your baby. This can help lower the risk of developing auto-antibodies.

4. Viral infection

In addition, the researchers also believe virus infection is also a cause of this autoimmune disease.

Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms

Type 1 diabetes symptoms are often subtle. You will not realize it until it becomes severe, if you do not pay attention. They include:

  1. Frequent infections of the skin
  2. Heavy breathing
  3. Blurred vision
  4. Fatigue
  5. Unexplained weight loss
  6. Frequent urination
  7. Pain in your belly
  8. Nausea and vomiting
  9. Dry mouth
  10. Increased hunger
  11. Heavy thirst

Signs of Type 1 Diabetes

Several signs of type 1 diabetes, include:

  1. Loss of consciousness
  2. Pain in your belly
  3. Fruity smell to your breath
  4. Rapid breathing
  5. Shaking and confusion

Type 1 Diabetes Cure / Treatment

1. Eat a Balanced, Healthy Diet

You also need to pay more attention to your meals if you have type 1 diabetes. You need to eat a balanced, health diet.

The three common types of nutrients found in our foods, include:

  • Carbohydrates. Eat a lot of carbs foods can rise your blood sugar levels.
  • Protein. Does not affect blood sugar levels.
  • Fat. Does not affect blood sugar levels.

Your body need all these nutrients but in different amounts.

2. Take Insulin Every Day

If you have type 1 diabetes, then you must take insulin every day as part of your treatment. Your body does not produce insulin anymore, so that is why you need to take it from an external source. But, you have to get the right amount to keep your perfect condition.

The only way to get insulin into your body is by injection with an insulin pump or a needle. Taking insulin pills is not a good idea because it will break down by stomach acid before it can get to the liver and enter your bloodstream.

Different types of insulin are also designed for different purposes depending on your daily schedule. The amount of insulin you will need to take may also change as you get older.

3. Check Blood Sugar Levels

You also need to check your blood sugar levels regularly as part of your diabetes treatment. This will let you know how well your treatment plan is working.

4. Exercise Regularly

You also need to do exercises regularly. Physical activities can help lower your blood sugar levels into a healthy range. In addition, exercises can reduce others health problem, like heart disease. People with type 1 diabetes are allowed to do most types of exercise, such as walking, riding a bike or playing soccer.

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