Type 1 Diabetes and What Happens in the Body







Type 1 diabetes is what happens when the beta cells in the pancreas die and there is little or no insulin in the body. Children and teens are more frequently diagnosed with type 1 much more frequently than adults. Symptoms may not show themselves until an emergency occurs when the body can no longer handle the impact of extremely high blood sugar levels. This is when a condition called ketoacidosis occurs.

Type 1 diabetes is also an autoimmune disease. It results usually from the failure of the body's failure to fight infections naturally, commonly such as strep infections.

Though scientists never have been clear about what causes Type 1, there are several known factors about this complex disease.

Ketoacidosis is an medical emergency. The symptoms are extreme thirst/dehydration, fruity breath, vomiting, and if the sugars get over 500, trouble breathing. It is important to seek medical attention right away when this happens.





Early on, signs of type 1 may show in extreme weight loss even with eating a lot and a ravenous appetite. There is usually extreme thirst and frequent urination, sometimes with bedwetting. A simple blood sugar test by fasting determines whether type 1 is present or is in the process.

How is Type 1 managed? The first thing you should do is not panic, and teach your child with this affliction not to panic. Diabetes is very serious, but the good news is that it can be controlled with careful monitoring of the blood sugars, diet control, activity, and insulin adjustments.

Type 1 can lead to other serious complications if not treated properly. A close relationship with your doctor and healthcare team is very important when diagnosed with Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

As you go through this website in more detail, you will find a great deal of information on diabetes related complications.

My understanding is that lifestyles, and also family history play a role in this affliction. You do not catch Type 1 diabetes, as some people think, and it cannot be passed on from person to person. It has often been said that diabetes has been caused from eating sweets. This is simply not true. The body just fails to produce the hormone insulin from the pancreas that secretes insulin.



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