Do you know someone with Type 1 Diabetes? Here is some information you should know.
Type 1 Diabetes FACTS
- Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults
- Only 5% of people with diabetes have Type 1
- In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, which is a hormone that helps with the transportation of glucose into the bloodstream
- People with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, high blood pressure, blindness, nerve damage and gum disease
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss even though you are eating more
Treatment can vary due to the many comorbidities that come from diabetes, but a proper diet and exercise overseen by a doctor can help control blood glucose levels and prevent complications in the future.
It is necessary for most Type 1 diabetics to inject insulin into their bodies. This is the most vital part of treatment.
Why spread awareness on Type 1 Diabetes?
Personally, my father has been fighting this disease for 41 years. I have seen many of his ups and downs, and it always hurts to see his struggle. I am spreading awareness in order to get more people interested and involved to try to eradicate this harmful disease. Type 1 diabetes is harming the lives of millions, and it is time that the work be done to get rid of this disease forever.
Source: American Diabetes Association