We established in our last article what diabetes is. Now, let’s move on to the basics of Type 1 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association:
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the sugars and starches you eat into a simple sugar called glucose, which it uses for energy. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives. - See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/#sthash.5WI9OFoP.dpuf
As we continue this series, we advise you to please consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed before and have concerns over your health.
Are you currently living with Type 1 diabetes? How does it affect your daily way of life?
Read the next article in the series: Type 2 Diabetes.
Teresa Kunath RN Clinical Specialist
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