Things Not To Say To Someone With Type 1 Diabetes
Interesting Facts about Type 1 Diabetes
Bushra Kafeel , Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 02, 2011
Facts about Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 1 diabetes is also known as diabetes mellitus type 1, juvenile diabetes and insulin-dependent diabetes.
- The first case of type 1 diabetes was diagnosed long back in 1970s.
- Type 1 diabetes is characterised by deficient insulin production. This is because this condition causes pancreatic cells (resources of insulin) to start destroying body immunity.
- For survival, a person with type 1 diabetes requires daily administration of insulin. Exercise is also an important way of keeping control over diabetes.
- Diabeticsare more vulnerable to other medical conditions. For instance, diabetes is the leading cause of amputation, kidney failure and blindness. High blood sugar level in type 1 diabetics can damage their blood vessels, thus affecting eyes, kidney and even heart.
- Until recently, juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes) was considered to be a disease affecting only kids. But of late even adults have been found likely to develop this condition. Diabetic children are largely diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- Another interesting fact aboutdiabetes type 1is that till now its cause is not identified. However, factors such as autoimmunity and genetics are considered to be responsible for the disease.
- According to some studies, maximum number of type 1 diagnoses is from the colder northern climates. Researchers consider viral infections due to cold climate as a triggering factor for the disease.
- Eighty percent of diabetes deaths occur in low and middle income countries. However, type 1 is less common than type 2. About 90% of diabetes cases are of type 2 diabetes.
- Every year there are millions of death from diabetes. Even though, diabetes is not the direct cause of death, it contributes to the cause.
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