Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which one’s own immune system attacks the islet cells, specifically the insulin producing cells (beta cells). Type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed at any age, despite its nickname “juvenile diabetes”. Researchers have not found type 1 diabetes to have a clear cause – though they do know that genetics are not fully to blame and that environmental factors may play a larger role than previously believed.
Between 2001-2009 alone there was a 21% increase in type 1 diabetes. That’s HUGE. This is not a case of ‘better diagnosis’ or ‘genetics’ this is a case of environmental factors increasing the rates of autoimmune diseases as a whole.
As with any autoimmune disease, keeping chronic inflammation at bay is critical for optimal health. Some research even points the finger at chronic inflammation as being the main cause of autoimmune diseases. Which may be why most people with one autoimmune disease develop a second or third shortly after being diagnosed with their first.
Reducing inflammation may help stop the development of second, third, and even fourth autoimmune disease (and in most cases it does.)
T1D can often go undiagnosed, despite the person showing symptoms. This is especially true in teenagers and adults because type 1 diabetes has a reputation for occurring in children. However, children are no exception to being left undiagnosed either. Even with how easy testing for type 1 diabetes is there are still children and adults who are left undiagnosed and face serious hospitalization and sometimes fatal consequences.
If you think for even a second that you or someone you know might have type 1 diabetes call your doctor and get tested immediately.
In a pinch? You can also stop by your local pharmacy and pick up a blood glucose meter and test yourself (or someone you think who may have diabetes).
Some of the more common symptoms of type 1 diabetes include, but are not limited to,
The following symptoms are that of DKA, a very serious state that can be fatal if not treated immediately. These symptoms include but are not limited to,
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. I am simply sharing my experiences of living with type 1 diabetes. Before taking any action please always contact your doctor.