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Doctor insights on: Living With Type 1 Diabetes

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How is living abroad with type 1 diabetes?

How is living abroad with type 1 diabetes?

OK: It might takes some time to get used to the food and learn how it affect your blood sugar. Otherwise, the treatment is the same wherever you are. ...Read more

Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Diabetes, Type 1 (Definition)

A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to produce energy. ...Read more


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Is type 1 diabetes always treated with insulin?

Is type 1 diabetes always treated with insulin?

Yes : Type 1 diabetes is a complete Insulin deficiency. People with type 1 diabetes must be given Insulin to survive. Insulin has a great impact on metablolism. ...Read more

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Can having a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabete?

Can having a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabete?

Pancreas transplant: Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only offered to select individuals. ...Read more

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Can getting a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabetes?

Can getting a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabetes?

Yes: But usually reserve for patients who have frequent severe low sugars, other severe complications because risk of pancreas transplants-death, side effects of meds to prevent rejection- are usually worse than diabetes state that is controlled by patient with diet, meds. ...Read more

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Can diabetes mellitus type 1 have tattoo?

Can diabetes mellitus type 1 have tattoo?

Yes, but...: Diabetic patients always at greater risk of infection from it than normal people... So avoid , but if 'insist' , do when sugars well controlled. ...Read more

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Difference in type 1 and type 2 diabetes signs?

Difference in type 1 and type 2 diabetes signs?

Not much: There isn't much difference in the signs of diabetes type 1 versus type 2. Type 1 disease, however, can often present with more severe, and more sudden signs. ...Read more

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Difference of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in obesity?

Difference of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in obesity?

Bad for both: Obesity can adversely affect diabetes control for both type 1 and type 2. In general, type 2 patients are more obese because of Insulin resistance. For both group, exercise/diet control remains key in controlling diabetes. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetes mellitus type 1 (diabetes type 1)?

What kind of condition is diabetes mellitus type 1 (diabetes type 1)?

Lack of insulin: Due to destruction of the Insulin producing cells of the pancreas, the body is incapable of making insulin. It often, but not always, occurs in children and young adults. It must be treated with insulin. Type 2 is due to the body's inability to use Insulin efficiently. It can be treated either with pills or insulin, and usually, but not always, occurs in adults. ...Read more

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Is gestational diabetes a form of type 2 or type 1 diabetes?

Is gestational diabetes a form of type 2 or type 1 diabetes?

Neither: It is really a separate type, one that occurs in pregnancy. It is more like type2, but treated more like type1. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship with type 1 diabetes and obesity?

Is there a relationship with type 1 diabetes and obesity?

Nope.: Absolutely not. It is a cruel autoimmune illness in which an overactive immune system creates antibodies which attack your ( child's) pancreas until its dead. ...Read more

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What percentage of a type 1 diabetic father's children will be type 1 diabetics also?

What percentage of a type 1 diabetic father's children will be type 1 diabetics also?

Low: In the past I have read the risk is at or less than 5% in any offspring of a type one.The risk of type 2 would be a separate issue and relate to the risk in the general population. You will be aware and more vigilant to the symptoms than most, and I would not make this a reason to avoid parenthood. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes genetic?

Is type 1 diabetes genetic?

NO, but...: Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition and so can strike anyone. But some ethnicities are more prone to it and so are some families. Generally, first order family members of an affected person have a slightly higher chance. Identical twin has almost 50% chance of incidence. See below for more info. ...Read more

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How is type 1 diabetes disorder treated in general?

How is type 1 diabetes disorder treated in general?

Insulin: In addition to monitoring diet and exercise, type 1 diabetics are treated with injections of Insulin or with an Insulin pump. ...Read more

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Does someone with type 1 diabetes have a poor immune system ?

Does someone with type 1 diabetes have a poor immune system ?

Diabetes immune syst: It may be that an overactive immune system causes type i diabetes in the first place but that remains to be proven. If the blood sugars are running very high then infections are much more likely and many diabetics will suffer from an increased number of infections. Keep the blood sugars controlled. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with type 1 diabetes?

What is the life expectancy of someone with type 1 diabetes?

Life expectancy: There isnt any hard number to answer that question with. If diabetes is poorly controlled then the life expectancy is surely shortened. I have many type 1 diabetic patients who are fine 40-50 years later with minimal issues. Many diabetics die from causes not related to their diabetes. The bottom line is that one should not worry about dying from type 1 diabetes. ...Read more

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How does a person with type 1 diabetes lower their sugar?

How does a person with type 1 diabetes lower their sugar?

Two approaches: A type 1 diabetic has lost his/her ability to produce the sugar lowering protein called insulin. Without that ability, their system cannot automatically adjust to their sugar intake during meals or snacks. To achieve lower blood sugars, they must either eat less sugar generating foods (carbs) or take more insulin. ...Read more

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How is type 1 diabetes in children treated?

How is type 1 diabetes in children treated?

Insulin!: Type 1 diabetes in children is caused by underproduction of insulin. Insulin sensitizers may briefly work, but invariably Insulin deficiency (absolute) requires insulin! ...Read more

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What is autoimmunity's role in type 1 diabetes?

What is autoimmunity's role in type 1 diabetes?

It is an autoimmune: Type i diabetes begins as a body's attack pancreas specifically the islet cells. Eventually this leads to an impairment in the production of insulin, and a dysregulation of glucose homeostasis. It almost always needs to be treated with Insulin and a skilled physician (usually an endocrinologist). ...Read more

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Is someone with type 1 diabetes expected to study?

Is someone with type 1 diabetes expected to study?

Same as anyone: It's no different than anyone else. Keep your glucose as close to normal as possible and hit the books. You're not special. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more