Type 1 Diabetes – Understand the Basics

The type of diabetes is popularly referred to as juvenile diabetes, as it is typically detected in young children and adults. In contrast to other types of diabetes, for instance Type 2 diabetes where the body is unable to make sufficient insulin Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin. Therefore, the effects that occur daily and the potential complications that can arise from this kind of diabetes are more severe, and those who are diagnosed with this type of diabetes must be attentive to their management and monitoring.

First Some Type 1 Diabetes Statics ….

Before we dive deep into the particulars of this kind of diabetes, let’s review some statistics on the frequency that are associated with Type 1 versus other forms of diabetes. If you’re concerned that your child may be likely to be a victim of this type of diabetes, these statistics can help you understand the reasons behind your decision. One cautionary note, it is always recommended to consult your doctor as they are the only ones who are able to confirm Type 1 diabetes. Furthermore, your physician can help you manage the symptoms of diabetes, if needed.

Data taken using the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011. (Dated on 1/26/11)

Total Population Impacted 25.8 million adults and children within the United States. This is 8.3 percent of the total population considered to be suffering from some form of diabetes. It is believed that just 5% of people suffer from Type 1 Diabetes. The other alarming facts are:

  • 8 million of the total affected population are being treated
  • 1 million people remain without diagnosis
  • As as many as 79 million have prediabetes (we talked about this subject in the installment No. 1)

Broken down according to the age range:

  • 65 years old – 10.9 million age 65 – 10.9 million, which is 26.9 percent of all people who are in this age bracket suffer from diabetes
  • Between the ages of 20 to 65 25.6 million people, which is 11.3 percent of the population with this age group suffer from diabetes
  • The range of ages is between 20 and 215,000 roughly 0.26 percent of people who are in this age range have diabetes. However about 1 in 400 children develop Type 1 diabetes.

Broken down according to gender:

  • Zero million which is 11.8 percent of males aged 20 or more suffer from diabetes.
  • 6 million 6 million, which is 10.8 percent of all women 20 and over, suffer from diabetes.

Type 1 Health Concerns

Like any other type of diabetes, it is important to be aware of any health concerns that may arise. It is essential to understand that if you suffer from or have concerns about being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, it doesn’t mean you’ll suffer from the problems which are discussed in this article. The key is proper management here. Only by obtaining guidance from your physician can you be able to effectively manage any diabetes-related condition.

The complications of Type 1 diabetes can include stroke, heart disease excessive blood pressure and blindness kidney disease, neurological system disorder (neuropathy) as well as in certain cases, an amputation. In reality, diabetes was deemed to be the primary reason or contributing factor to over 231,000 death during 2007. Here are some of the health issues identified”

Stroke and heart disease

  • The risk of dying for people suffering due to heart disease is two to four times greater than people who have no diabetes.
  • The risk of suffering a stroke is between 2 and 4 times higher in people who suffer from diabetes.

Blindness

  • Diabetes is the primary cause of new cases blindness among people aged between 20-74 years old.