Diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar (glucose) is above its average levels.
There are many types of diabetes. The most common one is type 2 diabetes that has a strong association with the lifestyle of people. That is to say, that this specific type of diabetes develops mostly due to bad habits, such as eating fatty food, sugary drinks, and so on.
Moreover, type 2 diabetes’ onset is typically in adulthood. This situation has to be this way because, in this case, diabetes is a chronic disease that develops through time by unhealthy living. However, it is not impossible that the unhealthy habits that source this diabetes begins in adolescence. In fact, most of the damage starts as prediabetes in the early years of life, like in the mid-twenties. For then, when passing the forties, the changes and injuries to de body by the diabetes disease can manifest.
The way this type of diabetes develops is due to a resistance of the body to the insulin. This hormone plays a significant role in downgrading the levels of glucose (and fats) in blood. Therefore, it will progress over time, gradually increasing its resistance and worsening the disease.
On the other hand, there is type 1 diabetes, which is the target of the symptoms checker today. This disease also has to do with a rise in blood sugar. Yet, here, there will not be a resistance to the insulin hormone rather a complete absence of its production.
The pancreas is the organ in the body that manages to produce insulin thanks to a cell called “beta-cell.” And, in type 1 diabetes, there is not going to be a production of this hormone. So, you could expect that in a complete absence of the hormone, the diabetes disease will be worse than just resistance to it.
Furthermore, type 1 diabetes has a strong genetic component, although environmental and many others play a role too. It manifests early in life; that is why doctors call it juvenile diabetes. Also, they call it insulin-dependent diabetes because there is no insulin in the body, so these patients require daily shots of insulin to live.
The peak of type 1 diabetes is between 10 and 14 years. Nevertheless, people can present with type 1 diabetes below and above that range. Typically, adult patients with a new onset of type 1 diabetes are misdiagnosed by their doctors with type 2 diabetes.
Even though most of the patients with type 1 diabetes debut in childhood, people need to have in mind that adults can develop it too. Besides, nowadays, most of the people living with type 1 diabetes are adults due to the overall success of insulin therapies.
Sadly, the studies show that the cases of type 1 diabetes are increasing worldwide. This situation is something to worry about. The link between this disorder and multiple complications, even death, is more than evident. Of course, this is the outcome for patients who are not receiving treatment.
There are multiple signs, symptoms, and risk factors in association with developing this disease. Therefore, its prevention, although difficult, is possible. It is important to note that doctors can only prevent complications with treatment. Sadly, there is no way to cure diabetes type 1 yet.
This tool gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for developing type 1 diabetes. Hence, it will help in the detection and prevention of complications by the disease to anyone who uses it. And, the most important above all, it is free and would only take a few minutes.
Originally published at https:symptoms.care on July 25, 2020.
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