What is Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus?

Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus or Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic disease where the pancreas either does not make enough Insulin.  Insulin is a hormone made by the Beta Cells in the pancreas.  When the Beta Cells are not working propers then little or no Insulin is produced.  This leads to increased glucose in the blood.

Type 1 Diabetes, is sometimes referred to as Juvenile Diabetes because it often has onset before the age of 15.  In a few cases, onset has come after adulthood.  The human body needs glucose to function properly.  But, when glucose builds up in the body due to no insulin production damage to nerves, tissues and other organs can occur.  When you consume Carbohydrate-rich foods that are broken down into glucose, in your intestines, the pancreas will sense the increased glucose and release Insulin to decrease the glucose levels.  When you have Type 1 Diabetes this does not happen.  A diet low in carbohydrates, prescribed by your Dietitian, and exercise can also help keep glucose levels in check.

Testing your glucose levels several times a day, using a glucose monitor, and lancets will aid you in knowing what your glucose levels are throughout the day.  This is a tedious but necessary step when you have Diabetes.  It is imperative that you follow all the instructions given to you by your doctor to help reduce the risk of other organ damage, such as eyes, kidneys, and heart.  If you would like to work with a Health Coach to motivate you and support you in keeping up with your Diabetes, use the contact form below to message me for a free meet and greet.  You can see all my available packages here.  Watch the short video below to learn more about Diabetes.  If you think you have Diabetes you should get tested as soon as possible.  Diabetes can cause great harm to the rest of your body, but with proper maintenance much can be alleviated.



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