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Type 1 diabetes is believed to be the most severe form of diabetes which usually occurs among children and young adults. In this type of diabetes the body's immune system identifies and attacks the insulin producing cells. Experts have still not been able to figure out why the body's immune system considers these cells as foreign particles and attacks them. Some of the most common type 1 diabetes symptoms that one should be aware of are excessive urination, blurry vision, fatigue, sudden weight loss and numbness in ones feet.
Since it is a lifelong condition, there is no permanent type 1 diabetes treatment that one can opt for. Besides the insulin shots that the patient will have to take every day, it is extremely important for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle consistently. This is crucial because if one does not maintain a healthy body, they have to suffer severe complications, some which can be life threatening.
Some of the complications that one suffering from the type 1 diabetes condition has to deal with are:
It is a condition of low blood glucose that occurs due to the amount of insulin injected into your body. If the amount of insulin you inject is too much or you haven't properly planned you insulin shots around your meals you may suffer from hypoglycemia. This should not be taken lightly as severe hypoglycemia can lead to death or cause a coma.
2. Microvascular complications
These complications can occur in the eyes, kidney or nerves. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the eye which can potentially lead to blindness if not taken care for. The kidneys contain several tiny blood vessels clusters which filter the waste from your blood system. Diabetes has the ability to affect this system and can cause kidney failure. The excess sugar in your system affects the blood vessels which lead to burning sensations which begin on the tips of your fingers and toes.
3. Heart problems
Diabetes has the ability to dramatically increase your chances of experiencing heart problems. Heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease are a few of the many heart problems that Type 1 diabetes can cause.
All type 1 diabetes treatments require you to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The insulin shots or the insulin pumps on their own cannot help you. But like with all other diseases and medical conditions there are complications. You need to try to live your life in a healthy manner to reduce the risk of other health complications.