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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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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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What is the life expectancy of a teen with type 1 diabetes and down syndrome?

What is the life expectancy of a teen with type 1 diabetes and down syndrome?

Hard to say: I as a nursing home director had a patient with downs syndrome and diabetes. She just expired at the age of 65 from complications of pneumonia. She did very well until the very end of life. ...Read more

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Does the quality of life drop if you have type 1 diabetes?

Does the quality of life drop if you have type 1 diabetes?

Depends : If you define higher quality of life as crusing thru it with minimal worry about your health & few contacts with doctors, i guess you can say it does. Of course that philosophy may tempt you to adopt bad habits that will do more harm than t1dm & lead to premature death. Well controlled dm patients often lead very enriching lives with an appreciation for the health they strive to maintain. ...Read more

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Is it easy to live a normal life with type 1 diabetes?

Is it easy to live a normal life with type 1 diabetes?

Yes: If you comply with current medical care standards and take your Insulin regularly you may have a normal life. It is important that you remain educated about type 1 diabetes and understand that exercise and nutrition play an equally importeant roll in the management of your diabetes. ...Read more

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Optimizing insulin regimens in type 1 diabetes. How to help patients get control of their life?

Optimizing insulin regimens in type 1 diabetes. How to help patients get control of their life?

Diabetes centers: Diabetes centers around the country are geared to help patients and their families do just this. In your neck of the woods, the harold schnitzer diabetes health center might be a good place to start. ...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 have got type 1 diabetes and have had thyroid cancer. What are my chances of living a long life?

Depends: Depends on the extend of thyroid cancer and treatment as well as diabetes control. If both are controlled, you should live a normal life and do normal activities just like everyone else. Follow up with your doctors appropriately. Good luck. ...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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