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My brother has type 1 diabetes. Should I be worried about this?

My brother has type 1 diabetes. Should I be worried about this?

Probably not: Although it is possible, it is actually unusual for there to be more than one type 1 diabetic in the immediate family. There is a hereditary component but there needs to be a trigger and if you have not been subjected to the trigger - whatever it is - you will not develop the disease. ...Read more

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Brother, dad, aunt, uncles, and grandfather all diagnosed with type 1 diabetes/lada in early 40s. I'm 34 with fasting bg in the 90s. What are my odds?

Brother, dad, aunt, uncles, and grandfather all diagnosed with type 1 diabetes/lada in early 40s. I'm 34 with fasting bg in the 90s. What are my odds?

Haqrd to say: It seems to be pretty strong in your family and yiou are not 40;. The gene for type 1 diabetes has not been identified so there is no way to check. I'm afraid you will just have to wait and see. 40 is pretty old to develop type i so it is unusual anyway. ...Read more

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Type 1 diabetes and proteinuria is it ok to live a normal life with these two things? Im am so worried for my 13yrdaughter who recently was diagnosis w this

Type 1 diabetes and proteinuria is it ok to live a normal life with these two things? Im am so worried for my 13yrdaughter who recently was diagnosis w this

Prognostic finding: 40% of type 1 diabetics and 10% of type 2 diabetics go on to have renal dysfunction. The early marker for both is the presence of proteiinuria. The rate of decline, and importance of glucose control are still within your control. Your physician can advise on strategies to preserve renal function like acei inhibitors or a2rb's. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my blood sugar is 11.6 mmol/l or american reading of 208 mg/dl type 1 diabetes, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my blood sugar is 11.6 mmol/l or american reading of 208 mg/dl type 1 diabetes, what do you suggest?

See below: If you are having symptoms, e.g., frequent urination, constant thirst, weight loss, fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin a1c level would be of help. Random blood sugar level of 208 is not worrisome unless you are experiencing symptoms described above. ...Read more

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How long does metformin take to start working . I've been on it two weeks. I have pcos and type 1 diabetes and am worried about my blood sugar.?

How long does metformin take to start working .  I've been on it  two weeks.  I have pcos and type 1 diabetes and am worried about my blood sugar.?

Type 1 Diabetes: If you indeed have type 1 diabetes you need Insulin to control your blood sugar since you do not have the ability to make Insulin on your own. You should discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

How do you teach a child about type 1 diabetes when he’s just been diagnosed?

DM team instruction: Every kid i pick up with dm1 is sent to a center with certified diabetes educators and physicians to begin the families orientation to this life changing event. My closest centers are fort worth, dallas, temple or austin but one has a local clinic for regular followup visits. Small hospital facilities & regular physicians often don't have the time or current info to do a well rounded orientation. ...Read more

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What is type 1 diabetes?

What is type 1 diabetes?

Autoimmune Dz: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (dm 1) is disease in which the beta cell of the pancreas, which produce insulin, have been destroyed by, usually in childhood. It is thought to be a result of the immune response of the body rather than the virus itself that does it. After onset, the patient no longer makes enough Insulin and will require Insulin for life. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes common?

Is type 1 diabetes common?

1 in 300: About one in three hundred children have type one diabetes. It is the second most common chronic illness of childhood, behind asthma which is quite common, at one in 10. ...Read more

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What's type 1 diabetes like?

What's type 1 diabetes like?

Starts early in life: Type 1 starts early in life - kids adapt to illness quicker. Nowadays they have a small electronic tool that helps them deliver the dosage and keep filled with Insulin - i see kids are savy with new equipments and use these like their gaming tools and adapt well. Most of the people with type 1 adapt well to lifestyle requirements. There are famous people with type 1 - like nick jonas (music). ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes dangerous?

Is type 1 diabetes dangerous?

Yes!: This is the only chronic disease in which the treatment is quite a potentially dangerous medicine, insulin. Insulin is lifesaving, but very difficult to dose for those with type one diabetes. Insulin must be dosed just right, and the danger is that giving too much insulin will lead to a serious low blood sugar. Continuous Monitoring of blood sugar with CGM technology can minimize this risk. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes reversible?

Nope: There is currently no way to reverse type one diabetes. There are studies for newly diagnosed children and several experimental research strategies being pursued internationally. Artificial Pancreas technology is the closest we have gotten to cure, and this is an active area of research now. ...Read more

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Is type 1 diabetes hereditary?

Is type 1 diabetes hereditary?

Sort of: One in 400-500 people in the general population develops t1d, but 1 in 20 (5 percent) people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has the disease. That means that genes are important and play a role but it's not everything. Environmental factors are also involved that increase the risk for these genes to cause diabetes type 1. We are still trying to find out what and how it does this. ...Read more

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How can you get type 1 diabetes?

How can you get type 1 diabetes?

Nobody knows: Type 1 dm is an autoimmune disease occurring when an environmental trigger(s) sets off genes in the body to make antibodies against insulin-producing cells. Even with the genetic predisposition, there is only a 40% chance of getting diabetes. If an identical twin has type 1 diabetes, the other won't necessarily get it. ...Read more

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How do people get type 1 diabetes?

How do people get type 1 diabetes?

See below: 1. Typical type 1- is a genetic disease where beta-cells-lose of Insulin production is triggered by unknown factors in environment-? Virus, environmental toxins. ...Read more

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Can type 1 diabetes be hereditary?

Can type 1 diabetes be hereditary?

Yes: It is thought to be hereditary. If you have a child with diabetes, your other children have a one in 20 chance of developing diabetes, which is much greater than the population ( one in 300) ...Read more

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Diabetes, Type 1 (Definition)

A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. ...Read more