Living with Diabetes

596 WordsFeb 22, 20182 Pages
Living with Diabetes Every year, 15,000 children and 15, 000 adults are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D), which totals to 30,000 people. In the United States, as many as 3 million people have T1D. T1D is managed with insulin throughout the day. Some warning signs of T1D include extreme thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness, sudden weight loss, fruity odor on the breath and especially sugar in urine (Type 1 Diabetes Facts). You never know, three million is a giant number that you, or someone you know, could be included in. Type 1 diabetes makes for a totally new lifestyle that calls for constant acknowledgement, with no cure so far; however, you can still live a full and active life by becoming more aware of the disease. First of all, T1D is a chronic illness in which the pancreas does not make insulin like it normally does. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar to get into cells to produce energy. Someone is more likely to be diagnosed with T1D if they are exposed to certain viruses or have relatives with it. It is usually found during childhood or adolescence, but it is still possible to develop in adults (Type 1 Diabetes). According to American Diabetes Association, “In type 1 diabetes, there’s no insulin to let glucose into the cells therefore the lack of insulin causes sugar to build up in your bloodstream which in turn can cause life-threatening complications.” When someone who has Type 1 diabetes has high blood sugar, they begin to have certain symptoms
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