What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 Diabetes is also known as Juvenile or Insulin Dependant Diabetes. It’s a long term condition where the pancreas produces little to no insulin.
When Does Type 1 Diabetes Develop?
Although Type 1 Diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults.
Is There A Cure?
Despite active research, Type 1 Diabetes has no cure. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet and lifestyle to prevent complications.
Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
What Causes Type 1 Diabetes?
The exact cause of Type 1 Diabetes is unknown. Usually, the body's own immune system which, normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses mistakenly destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Other possible causes include:
- Exposure to viruses and other environmental factors
Lifestyle Changes to Manage Type 1 Diabetes
Exercise: If you're not active now, it’s time to start. You don't have to join a gym and do cross-training. Just walk, ride a bike, or play active video games. Aim for 30 minutes of activity that makes you sweat and breathe a little harder most days of the week. An active lifestyle helps you control your diabetes by bringing down your blood sugar. It also lowers your chances of getting heart disease. Plus, it can help you lose extra pounds and ease stress.
Manage Stress: When you're stressed, your blood sugar levels go up. And when you're anxious, you may not manage your diabetes well. You may forget to exercise, eat right, or take your medicines. Find ways to relieve stress through deep breathing, yoga, or hobbies that relax you.
Control Your Alcohol: It may be easier to control your blood sugar if you don’t get too much beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol can make your blood sugar go too high or too low. Check your blood sugar before you drink, and take steps to avoid low blood sugars. If you use insulin or take drugs for your diabetes, eat when you're drinking.