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Doctor insights on: Treating Type 1 Diabetes

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...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?

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?

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