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:
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,