Type One Diabetes

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Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in kids and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. This process done by Insulin maintaines your blood sugars and keeps them with in healthy acceptable levels. With out insulin flowing through your body you will eventually die. Type 1 diabetes is a serious problem if you dont maintaine your diet and medications right. Although it is a scary condition you can live a long healthy if you take proper care of yourself. this can be done by:

  1. Eating properly. by having type 1 diabetes your limited to the amount of carbohydrates you can eat by meal and snack times. Cheating can result in some undesired complications.
  2. Monitoring your Blood sugar levels. diabetetics are supposed to keep their blood sugars with in a range of numbers for adults can range from 70-120. You really want to around 100 or higher because activites or other types of exercises increaset the rate at wich your blood sugar drops. Ranges do vary and you should follow the recommended blood sugar levels your doctor gives you.
  3. Take your insulins on time and in the proper amounts, this lowers bloodsugar so its very important not to mess up your dosages. Over dosing can result in death or diabetic shock if you do not eat enough carbohydrates.

When your Blood sugar is low you experience symptoms of Hypoglycemia. The possible causes of this symptom is not eating enough after taking insulin. Or if you take to much insulin with your meal this can cause low blood sugars. Hypoglycemia can be treated simply by eating some food with carbohydrates. If you pass out however glucagon creame can be applied to the lips so your body can absorb the sugars. But you need to make sure you have someone who knows about the condition around you if passing out ever occurs. You can wear a bracelet or necklace with a Redcross symbol on it so medics can see you are diabetic. wearing that is vital to your survial if you are to ever pass out. Symptoms of Hypoglycemia include:

  1. Uncontrolable shaking.
  2. Dizziness
  3. Sweating
  4. Hunger
  5. Headaches
  6. And even Mood and behavior changes

Another condition that occurs, the exact opposite oh Hypoglycemia is Hyperglycemia. This occurs when your bloodsugars are to high. Causes for Hyperglycemia are lack of insulin along with an excessive amount of carbohydrates. Symptoms include:

  1. Frequent urination
  2. Excessive thirst/ dry mouth

When you have etreamly high bloodsugars 300-400 you can take insulin at a meal time and not eat any carbs. However if you are high your body creates a dangerous amount of ketones to try and breakdown fat for engergy as Bloodsugars do not get broken down. The biproduct created when your body breaks down fats are called ketones. Your body can only store so many because they will act like a poison if there are far to many. Your organs can shutdown and cease to function. The best thing you can do if you are excessively high is to call the doctor.

When managing Type 1 diabetes its extreamly important that you do not drink. Beer whine and other liquiors have carbohydrates, and if you get wasted you will not be able to manage this dreadful condition properly thus you will be ending your life very quickly. It would be very hard to take the right dosage of insulin and maintaine your bloodsugar levels if your puking all over the floor or in a likely event passed out. My recommendation is to keep sober other wise you will end up like this guy.

For additional information on Type 1 diabetes visit Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes