Most people have heard of Diabetes. Most people are aware of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but do we as a nation know enough facts and information on type 1?? The World Health Organization has estimated a staggering 220 million people worldwide including 2.9 million people in the UK have diabetes, a disease which affects your blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes develops when the cells inside your body which produce insulin are destroyed, therefore the body is unable to produce insulin, which is fundamental in unlocking the door to the body’s cells.
An Autoimmune Disease
Once this has been unlocked, the glucose can enter the cells where it is then used as fuel for the body. With type 1 diabetes the destruction of insulin therefore means the door stays locked thus a build up of glucose in the blood. When your own body destroys parts of your body it is classed as an autoimmune disease, which is what type 1 diabetes is. The only cause doctors have been able to suggest is a virus or an other infection triggering type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, a person can develop type 1 diabetes any age, but usually before they are 40.
No Correlation Between Type 1 and Lifestyle
Unfortunately Diabetes type 1 is unavoidable. Unlike type 2 diabetes there is no correlation between one’s lifestyle and contracting diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, much of the onset is the consequence of the persons body weight, health and way of life. A myth that many people have always believed is that regular exercise or watching what you eat can prevent type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately this is not the case. You cannot reverse or prevent type 1 diabetes. Diabetes is a very serious illness and should be treated with the appropriate care and the condition should be taken very seriously.
Currently No Known Cure
Although, as of yet there is no cure, type 1 diabetes can still be managed. Often, many victims have a specific type of medication, which they will have to take for the rest of their lives. On top of this, the medication is not an alternative to having a healthy lifestyle and physical activity. The aforementioned factor that the body destroys insulin therefore means that for the rest of the patient’s life they will regularly have to inject themselves with artificial insulin, which will then be absorbed into the small blood vessels.
Recognize the Signs
Unfortunately insulin can not be taken in tablet form, due to the fact insulin is a protein and it would therefore be dissolved by acids inside the stomach before it has time to help the body.?An unfortunate consequence of diabetes can effect your eyes. Diabetes retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a main cause of blindness in adults across the world, caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. It is highly recommended that if you have diabetes then you should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. If you have any of the following symptoms then you must seek medical attention:
1. Exceptional thirst
2. Dry mouth
3. Frequent urination
4. Loss of weight
5. Weakness or fatigue
6. Blurred vision.
Unless the issue is addressed, you run the risk of suffering irreparable damage as a result of type 1 diabetes.
Helping raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and the symptom associated with it .