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Type 1 Diabetes

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I am Type 1 Diabetic and I was diagnosed July 8, 2004. I check my blood glucose, also known as sugar, level four times a day and take four shots of insulin. I went 6 months before I was diagnosed with it and didn't even know!

It's kind of ironic because one day I was watching the news and they had something on there about symptoms of diabetes and my mom said I might have that. I just laughed and said, "Yeah right!" Sometimes I wonder why I didn't take it seriously.

When I found out, my blood glucose level was over 600 mg/dl (milligram to deciliter) when normal levels are between 70-150 mg/dl. It was so high; they couldn't get an exact number. I was in the hospital for lucky twenty-four hours because I wanted to get out of there fast so I learned all of it in one day.

Most people don't know a lot about diabetes unless they have or have a family member who has it. When I got it, I learned so much. And I'm still learning everyday. This disease is such a big part of my life that I am committing myself to going to four years of college and four years of medical school so I can be an endocrinologist and treat people who have it to and educate people about it. It's so important to me.

So enough with my story, I will tell you about the disease and symptoms to watch for.

Type 1 Diabetes is a chromic disease that occurs in people ages less than 30. It can be hereditary or a virus that can attack your pancreas and stop it from producing the hormone called insulin. Insulin pushes sugar in your body into cells so your body can use it. As a diabetic, you don't have any insulin so you need to inject into your body. If you wan to learn more visit http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

Here are the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes:
Frequent urination
Excessive thirst
Excessive weight-loss
Excessive Eating

If you most or all of these symptoms, you might want to consider talking to your doctor about it. It's best to catch it as soon as possible.

I hope you get a better understanding and please look at the website. You'll learn a lot!

Until I write another article, IIuvu


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