Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which one’s own immune system attacks 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.
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.
Humans are, by nature, multi-dimensional beings, so why is our approach to health so one-dimensional? Making a single change to one’s health, like taking medication (cough-insulin), isn’t going to change the health of their body or address the root cause of their illness. Taking charge of your health is one of the most important things you can invest in. Let me help you thrive with Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes 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.
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,
I had made an appointment with my doctor because I thought I had depression. I was sleeping all the time..and in some really inconvenient places…like during my favorite class, in the stock room at work (and the break room, and the bathroom), and while driving. I was so tired that I literally could not keep my eyes open for more than a couple hours without dozing off. I had no motivation to do anything other than sleep.
I had a bunch of other red flags too, like constant urination (every 20 minutes), insatiable thirst (despite drinking over 100+ ounces of water each day), unexplained weight loss of 15lbs despite eating non-stop (because I had increased hunger). But it was the summer so I made an excuse for the thirst. I blew off the frequent urination for a possible UTI, and I attributed my new workout regimen to the weight loss. Looking back now I am shocked that I so easily excused all of these symptoms.
My doctor must have immediately smelled the ketones on my breath when she first walked in the room. Within 5 minutes she had me peeing in a cup and sticking out my finger for a blood glucose prick. My blood sugar was 746mg/dL, which didn’t require hospitalization.
I am so thankful I went when I did and no later.
Sooner would have been better tho.
Read more about my diagnosis story.
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.