Learning To Live With Type 1 Diabetes
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What Causes Diabetes?
While there is no specific type 1 diabetes cause, researchers know that it is not caused by eating too much sugar. In fact, most people could have done nothing to prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes, since it is genetic (inherited) condition. Most people discover that they have type 1 diabetes before the age of 30.
What are the Symptoms?
Type 1 diabetes symptoms manifest themselves in the form of excessive tiredness, frequent urination, mood swings, excessive thirst, and feeling hungrier than one normally would (or should). Other symptoms can include weight loss and blurry vision. These symptoms are due to the lack of insulin in the body. Without insulin, glucose builds up in the blood rather than being used to create energy.
If undetected, some of the long term effects of type 1 diabetes can include kidney failure, heart disease, blindness and impotence.
What is the Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes?
Insulin is typically the best treatment for type 1 diabetes, and there are various different insulin types available. Along with insulin, diet and exercise is also important in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. By maintaining a healthy well balanced diet and taking regular exercise, one should be able to control diabetes and live a generally normal life (with some limitations).
Generally, people with type 1 diabetes should eat three meals a day a regular times, with healthy snacks in between. Foods high in fat, salt and sugars should be avoided. A Dietician can provide healthy eating plans to suit most people's individual needs, preferences, and lifestyles.
What about Blood Glucose Levels?
If you have type 1 diabetes, your blood glucose levels will need to be maintained. Low blood glucose levels is known as hypoglycaemia, and can result in shaking, light headedness, sweating, and feeling very weak. This is caused by under eating or leaving too long between meals, taking too much insulin or from drinking alcohol.
Should you experience any of these symptoms, you must deal with it immediately by drinking 15 grams of carbohydrate, which can be in the form of 3 teaspoons of sugar dissolved in water. Severe or untreated low blood glucose can lead to loss of consciousness and seizures.High blood glucose is know as hyperglycaemia, and can result is frequent urination, excessive tiredness and constant thirst. This can happen when your food, insulin and activity are not balanced. You should consult your doctor immediately to have this rectified.
Coping with Your Diabetes
In conclusion, if you eat right and maintain regular exercise you will keep healthy and if you keep your diabetes under control you should never need to turn your life upside down in order to enjoy life.
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