Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that is the result of the body no longer producing the amount of insulin required to convert food into energy.
The natural sugars from food can’t enter the cells and instead build up in the blood, starving the vital organs for energy to function properly.
If not treated, these high blood sugar levels in the blood can damage blood vessels, the heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and other organs and tissues.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease usually diagnosed in children and young adults, which is why type 1 diabetes is also known as “juvenile diabetes.”
In most cases, type 1 diabetes is the result of the body’s immune system attacking and destroying the islet cells in the pancreas, which creates insulin. A theory is that certain patients are genetically prone to contracting type 1 diabetes. Actual triggers have yet to be identified; the onset of type 1 diabetes could be caused by a virus, food or chemicals in the environment..
Risk factors for type 1 diabetes include: family history, age (4-13), and a birth weight above 10 pounds. Males are more susceptible than females and Caucasians, Hispanics and African Americans are more susceptible to type 1 diabetes than Asians.
You may also be more suspectible if you have autoimmune diseases such as Addison’s disease or Celiac disease.
Tell your doctor is you suffer from weight loss, extreme thirst, hunger, fatigue, and weakness..
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