Method 3: Educate Yourself about Diabetes – Part 1
Find out what it means to have Type 1 diabetes.
In the body of Type 1 diabetic, β (Beta) cells in the pancreas cannot synthesize enough insulin. As a result, there is a condition called type 1 diabetes. The body creates an auto-insulin-breaking antibody that produces Beta cells and sometimes also the island of Langerhans, an area in the pancreas that contains its endocrine cells. If the body does not produce insulin, glucose will remain in the blood so that blood sugar levels can be very high. High blood glucose level poses multiple dangerous threats that should be dealt with immediately; any delay in receiving medical attention could be fatal.
- Technically, Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age. However, this condition generally occurs in a person under the age of 30 years and became the most common type of diabetes in children. People with type 1 diabetes need insulin therapy during their lifetime to survive. No other drugs are available at this time. However, there is currently much research on long-term diabetes treatment or even cure, such as artificial pancreas and also small island cell islet or pancreas.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes in adolescence initially forms mild complaints that can be regarded as other diseases. However, all of these symptoms are generally rapid and should be diagnosed and treated as type 1 diabetes will eventually worsen and can cause serious health problems, such as kidney failure, coma, and even death. Being diagnosed with diabetes isn’t the end of the world, but immediate medical attention is required.
Immediately go to the doctor if you notice the following symptoms:
- Thirst increases as well as frequent urination especially at night
- Feeling weak for no reason
- Body weight down
- Vision changed
- Recurrent yeast infections occur
- The hunger increased
Diabetes is a serious medical illness.
Doctors always advise you to control glycemic strictly, and that’s for the right reasons. Blood glucose levels that are slightly increased even can require you to go to the doctor because of damage to the body cannot be detected until seen. That is why tight glycemic control is a necessity. A higher than average blood glucose level situation shouldn’t be taken lightly, it is a serious matter that requires immediate medical attention. There are so many side effects of having a high blood glucose level, most of them are severe and some could be critical.
- You’re fine if you think, “I’m fine; my sugar content is just above normal, so what?” This is a normal thought process for people with diabetes, but this must be straightened out. Diabetes is a silent killer. High levels of blood glucose can harm blood vessels in causing damage to a number of organs, especially retinopathy or retina, nephropathy or kidneys, and cardiomyopathy or heart muscle.
- Strive to live a healthy and happy lifestyle by realizing that your illness is critical, but it can be managed with medical care and an effective lifestyle.