Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes Basics
“Insulin is not a cure for diabetes; it is a treatment. It enables the diabetic to burn sufficient carbohydrates, so that proteins and fats may be added to the diet in sufficient quantities to provide energy for the economic burdens of life.” 
― Frederick Grant Banting

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is also known as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes and there is no known cause for the disease. A type 1 diabetic is usually diagnosed as a child or before the age of 20. It is however possible for an adult to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. With type 1 diabetes the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin and injections are required. There is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes.

What causes type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells that produce insulin. There is no known cause for type 1 diabetes, but researchers believe that both genetics and environmental triggers play a big part in the development of type 1 diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Fatigue
- Dehydration
- Extreme hunger
- Irritability and mood changes
- Rapid weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Frequent infections of the skin
- Recurring skin, gum, or urinary tract infections
- Drowsiness
- Slow healing of cuts or bruises
- Tingling or numbness in the legs, feet, or fingers
- Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains may accompany some of the symptoms in the abrupt onset of insulin-dependent diabetes and must receive immediate medical attention.

If you are experiencing these symptoms please contact your doctor.
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