Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood, however, it can also be diagnosed during later stages of life.
In type 1 diabetes the pancreas does not make any insulin. This is why people with type 1 diabetes MUST take insulin medication every day.
There is no cure for type 1 diabetes.
Type 1: Insulin dependent diabetes (complete lack of insulin). 5% - 15% of people with diabetes.
Cause: Not well known, genetic, autoimmune and environmental.
Symptoms: Excessive thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss, weakness and fatigue, irritability.
Effect: Usually first diagnosed in children and young adults.
Treatment: Daily insulin injections.
What happens in type 1 Diabetes?
Because the pancreas produces little or no insulin in type 1 diabetes, the key (insulin) is defective or not there at all. This means that the doors on the cells cannot be opened to let the blood glucose/sugar enter.
Ask yourself the following question:
Q: Where is this blood sugar/glucose building up?
The answer is:
A: It builds up in blood vessels.
Despite continuous research type 1 diabetes has no cure, though it can be managed with proper treatment. If type 1 diabetes is treated effectively and properly, patients can expect to live longer and healthier lives than in the past.