Type 1 Diabetes Treatment Questions and Answers
Are you struggling to manage your type 1 diabetes? At Rachman Medical Group our physicians specialize in type 1 diabetes research and treatment. Call us for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7601 Canby Ave Suite 7 Reseda, CA 91335.
What happens if you have type 1 diabetes?
When you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas cannot make insulin as your body’s immune system has attacked and destroyed the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Glucose from food cannot be absorbed properly into the body’s cells without insulin, so the result is that your blood sugar levels get too high and this will make you sick if you do not receive treatment. With type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is incapable of producing insulin, so the solution is for a person with type 1 diabetes to receive insulin either through regular shots or an insulin pump.
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes are not always obvious and can take time to develop; it can come on gradually or quite suddenly, depending on the person. If you have type 1 diabetes, you may experience the following symptoms:
- You may need to urinate a lot, as the body tries to rid itself of excess blood sugar through the urine;
- You may need to drink a lot of fluids to compensate for the amount lost due to frequent urination;
- You may eat a lot, as the body is hungry because it is not getting the energy it needs from the sugar in the foods you consume;
- Lose weight because your body is not receiving enough fuel and has begun to use fat to compensate;
- You may feel tired constantly;
- Women who develop diabetes are also more likely to suffer from vaginal yeast infections before diagnosis and treatment.
If diabetes is not diagnosed and treatment does not begin, than chemicals begin build up in the blood which then cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, breathing problems, and loss of consciousness. This is called diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA. However, treatment can manage and reduce the risk of long-term issues and symptoms.
Can you live long with type 1 diabetes?
Traditionally, particularly before modern treatment and improvements in diabetes care in recent years, people with type 1 diabetes tended to live shorter lives, by up to twenty years on average. However, with improvements in diabetes care over recent years, people with type 1 diabetes are enjoying longer lives than ever.
If you have type 1 diabetes, it is recommended that you maintain control over your blood glucose levels so as to prolong your life and avoid complications that could potentially be fatal. Keeping your blood sugar levels within recommended ranges will help to reduce the chance of complications and increase your life expectancy. It is recommended that you maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a well-balanced diet and regular physical activity to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels and to maintain good blood circulation.
Is type 1 diabetes common in children?
Type 1 diabetes is common in children and is often called juvenile diabetes, as it frequently presents in young children and teens. There is no known cause for type 1 diabetes, but there are factors which can weigh in on whether your child be at risk including family history, genetic susceptibility, and race. If your child displays symptoms of type 1 diabetes, it is recommended that you see a doctor for a diagnosis so that treatment may begin.
If you are looking for treatment or diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, then we at Rachman Medical Group are here to help. Call now to book your appointment now.