Type 1 Diabetes

All about Type 1 Diabetes

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes the body's immune system attacks the beta cells (insulin) in the pancreas. Over a period of time the beta cells stop working. There is no pain or symptoms during this process that happens inside your body. But with fewer beta cells, the pancreas cannot produce all the insulin that the body needs.

When you have diabetes, how will your life be?

When you have diabetes in your daily life, you would have to do multiple tasks. It has an effect in your daily life because you would have to;

  • test your blood
  • monitor the high and low blood sugars
  • take your insulin shots
  • balance and calculate your daily intake of your food (look on nutrition label)
  • exercise daily.

What is blood sugar? and What do you do about it?

What is blood sugar?

Blood sugar is the concentration of glucose (sugar) in the blood stream.

What do you do about it?

Blood sugar needs to be monitored. A normal blood sugar level is 70-120 for a diabetic.You need to watch if your blood sugar goes up or if it drops. Now if the sugar drops (hypoglycemia) below 70 some symptoms could be;

  • shakiness
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • blurred vision
  • sweat
  • irritability
  • and weakness

Now if your blood sugar is high (hyperglycemia) reaching levels of 200 to 240 or more symptoms could be;

  • insulin intake
  • or a diabetic coma (ketoacidosis)

Recommendations for a diabetic.

In your daily life you can physically help your body on the inside and out. You can do some work in the house, go for a run, eating healthy, and doing you daily insulin shot.

How can excising help?

Exercise is a good thing in a diabetics life because when we exercise our muscles use the sugar (glucose) for energy. Also your body uses the insulin more efficiently. Which causes lower risk of having heart attack and strokes. When you exercise we also control our weight and help build muscles and lose fat.

Can other professionals help besides your doctor?

Yes, other professionals help. Not only your doctor because there are other professionals who have medical degrees and can help out with your diabetes. The main three professionals are listed below

  • Nutritionist
-Nutritionist is a person who studies or is an expert in nutrition. They could be a good help in choosing what foods you should eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.

  • Podiatrists
-Podiatrist provide medical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illness, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving the lower extremities.

  • Endocrinologists
- They diagnose and treat hormone imbalances and problems by helping to restore the normal balance of hormones in the body.

These are some professionals that can help with diabetes besides your doctor.