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What is type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease. Having type 1 diabetes mellitus (or T1DM) means the pancreas has stopped producing enough insulin cells required by the body to regulate its blood glucose levels. Introducing insulin into the body is crucial to live.

Type 1 diabetes management: What it is and isn’t, and can it be avoided

When a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes we know it’s because their body has stopped producing the required levels of insulin cells to sustain life. But we don’t know why that happens. It’s the million (or trillion) dollar question. People with the same genes, eating the same foods, breathing the same air, and playing the same sports are – at least on paper – experiencing the same environment. But one person in the group is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. So for as long as we have no proven criteria as to why people contract type 1, it remains the Russian Roulette of the medical world as to who gets hit.

Self-management of type 1 diabetes: getting the upper hand of diabetes control

Self-managing type 1 diabetes is a must. There’s no way around it. Medical complications are real if it’s not managed well. The key to living a quality life with type 1 diabetes is through being in control of what you eat, drink, and the exercise you take, and understanding its impact on your blood glucose/blood sugar levels. Today, mobile technology can offer real advances in type 1 diabetes self-management. As everyone carries a phone, it’s the natural place to store everything about “you and your lifestyle”. It can rebalance your insulin plan in real-time based on what you ingest, and warn of hypos before they happen.

Type 1 diabetes: a little bit like a numbers game that helps you understand you

With type 1 diabetes, blood sugar / blood glucose levels are checked several times a day. They’re numbers. Carbohydrate intake is noted several times a day. More numbers. But numbers can interpret patterns in your individual behavior that help you keep control of type 1 diabetes. So when numbers recognize patterns they can save you from a hypo: that’s when numbers are human.

Sources:
JDRF http://www.jdrf.org
International Diabetes Federation http://www.idf.org