Type 1 Diabetes: Causes & Symptoms

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

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Type 1 Diabetes affects millions of people around the world, so having a clear understanding of the disorder, its causes and symptoms are very important.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

By definition, Type 1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by unusually high levels of blood sugar in the body. Many experts consider Type 1 diabetes to be the ultimate result of an autoimmune response from your own body. Without insulin being produced by the body, blood sugar levels cannot be modulated, and these fundamental energy packets cannot be distributed throughout your organ systems.

Causes

Type 1 does not have a clear cause. Instead, it appears in most cases to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors that prevent your body from producing insulin in the pancreas. More than 50 genes are associated with Type 1 diabetes in varied ways, making it difficult to determine a precise genetic pattern or cause.

Symptoms

Some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes (and thus high blood sugar) include:

  • Excessive urination
  • Constant thirst
  • Hunger
  • Exhaustion
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you notice any combination of these symptoms, you should get yourself checked by a doctor immediately.

Most people experience a rapid onset of Type 1 diabetes symptoms, over the course of days or even weeks, and there is no known cure. Lifelong insulin injections to do the job of the failed beta cells in the pancreas are the most common treatment and management method. However, there are a number of lifestyle changes and natural remedies that can significantly moderate the symptoms and help sufferers live a more normal life.

About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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