Type I Diabetes
In the United States alone, 20.8 million people have diabetes. Out of the 20.8 million, 5 to 10 percent have Type I Diabetes. Type I Diabetes is a very difficult disease to control and take care of. There are so many complications, so very few treatment options, and only a few ways that you can take care of yourself to help control the disease.
Type I Diabetes has so many complications. Type I diabetes can cause complications with your eyes, kidneys, and heart. These are only a few examples. The complications can be short-term and long-term. An example of a short-term complication is Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Diabetic Ketoacidosis is basically increased blood acids. Diabetic ketoacidosis is caused when your body cells are starved for energy and begin breaking down the fat found in your body. When the fat is broken down, a toxic acid known as ketones is produced. Ketone is an organic compound characterized by a carbon atom doubly bonded to an oxygen atom and to two carbon atoms.
Vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, and stomach pain are a few of the symptoms for Diabetic Ketoacidosis. All of these symptoms can be mistaken for the flu when it is not. There are ketone kits that you can buy and use at home that will test your urinary ketones. Diabetic ketoacidosis can lead to coma and even possibly death if left untreated. A few of the long-term complications are eye damage, kidney damage, and nerve damage. Nerve damage is also known as neuropathy. Data from many different researchers suggest that neuropathy occurs because an excess amount of sugars injures the walls of the tiny blood vessels, also known as capillaries. These capillaries nourish your nerves.
For Type I Diabetes, there are only a few treatment options. For these options to work you must follow steps for the rest of your life. The following steps will help you and your physician decide what medications and other types of treatment are best...