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Type 1 Diabetes

In our month-long recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, we will begin by providing information on Type 1 Diabetes, its Symptoms, Treatment, and Complications.


Type 1 Diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce any insulin.

Insulin is an important hormone that helps your body to control the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood.

According to Diabetes Canada, nearly 10 percent of people living with diabetes have type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes. Type 1 diabetes generally develops in childhood or adolescence, but can also develop in adulthood. People with type 1 need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin.


The following symptoms, treatments, and complications from Type 1 Diabetes may vary from person to person.


Type 1 Symptoms

  • unusual thirst

  • frequent urination

  • weight change (gain or loss)

  • extreme fatigue or lack of energy

  • blurred vision

  • frequent or recurring infections

  • cuts and bruises that are slow to heal

  • tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

  • trouble getting or maintaining an erection

  • diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA)


Type 1 Treatment

  • taking insulin as recommended (and other medications, if prescribed by your doctor)

  • monitoring your blood sugar levels regularly using a home blood glucose meter

  • eating healthy meals and snacks

  • enjoying regular physical activity

  • aiming for a healthy body weight

  • managing your stress effectively


Type 1 Complications

  • Celiac disease

  • Kidney disease (nephropathy)

  • Eye damage (diabetic retinopathy)

  • Heart disease & stroke

  • High blood pressure

  • Mental health issues

  • Nerve damage & amputation


If you or someone you love has experienced any of these symptoms, please arrange for an appointment with your doctor or medical practitioner.


Looking ahead to next week: We will provide you with information on risk factors that account for 90% of Canadians with Type 2 Diabetes!

 

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