Type 1 Diabetes
How Common Is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is far less common than type 2 diabetes and it will affect younger individuals. It is mostly found in people under the age of 40 and mostly under the age of fourteen. There are people who have been diagnosed with it after forty but it is very rare.
Diabetes is a serious issue and type one is the worst. Type 1 Diabetes can be very dangerous to someone’s health if not taken seriously.
It is associated with the lack of insulin. It is a dysfunction of the pancreas where it will just stop making insulin in the amount the body needs to maintain a normal level of glucose in the blood. Many people who have type one diabetes will have symptoms of hyperglycemia.
Hyperglycemia is where your glucose is too high in the blood. Meaning your blood sugar is too high. The common symptoms of hyperglycemia or diabetes type one are frequent hunger, frequent urinating, and frequent thirst.
You will also experience blurred vision, fatigue, weight loss, your healing power will be low (meaning it will take you a long time to heal a wound or cut), dry mouth, dry or itchy skin, and you could have impotence for males. Your immune system will become weak and you will be able to pick up infection easily.
The reason why you are always hungry is that your body can not use glucose as an energy source. It is also, why you tire out easily. Since the body can not absorb sugar or glucose into the blood cells you will release it through frequent trips to the bathroom.
Since you make many trips a day to the bathroom, your body realizes that it is losing excess water and that’s why you will become thirsty. Make note of that if you have been diagnosed with Type1 Diabetes.
When it comes to the symptoms, you may experience them all together or it may take some time for your body to go through the process. Most likely though it will be gradual.
The changes of developing type one diabetes are 3.7 to 20 per 100, 000. Over 700,000 Americans have type one diabetes, which adds up to be about ten percent of the total population that has the disorder. It is more common to have type two diabetes. The reason why people develop the disorder is because of an autoimmune disorder.
The body will start to see its own tissue as a foreign object and then it destroys the body’s ability to make insulin. It has been rumored to be a cause of mumps, rubella, measles, influenza, polio, or other viruses. That’s why it is very common in young children because those epidemics affect younger children more often than older adults.
Diabetes is also genetic. You may simply have the disorder because an immediate family member has it.
As for treatment, type one involves injections of insulin. It is absorbed in the bloodstream and absorbed by the cells that need insulin and it will then control the levels of sugar in the blood.