Type 1 Diabetes

type 1 diabetesOf all the different forms of the disease, type 1 diabetes is one of the most problematic and one of the most likely to end in a fatality unless it is treated properly. This version of the condition is more of a physical body problem and has less to do with dietary intake. A person could be healthy and still develop this type of disease. The difference is that the body loses the ability to produce insulin, which is needed to correctly process sugars and reduce the amount of sugar in the blood. In most cases, the body itself destroys the beta cells which produce insulin in the pancreas.

The symptoms include the normal trio of increased thirst, urination, and hunger. These are often accompanied by weight loss that usually cannot be explained by a change in diet or exercise. If a person believes that they have developed type 1 diabetes, a visit to a doctor will need to be done to have some specific test done. Diabetes 1 is commonly identified with a C-peptide assay, a test that measures the amount of insulin that is produced by the body. While some forms of diabetes can be changed with different behaviors, the type 1 variety will need lifelong treatment.

To successfully treat the problem, an insulin replacement therapy will be needed. Most diabetics use either an insulin pump or an injection to deliver the insulin to their body. During the course of a day, a diabetic should take regular readings of their blood sugar using a specialized glucose meter. This action will determine when doses of insulin should be administered. Another option of treating diabetes would be to have a transplant of the pancreas. The problem with this way of dealing with type 1 diabetes is that the body often rejects the new organ and again destroys the beta cells.