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Type 1 Diabetes In Adults
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Type 1 diabetes is a disease that affects how your body makes insulin and uses glucose (sugar). Normally, when the blood sugar level increases, the pancreas makes more insulin. Insulin helps move sugar out of the blood so it can be used for energy. Type 1 diabetes develops because the immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that make insulin. The pancreas cannot make enough insulin, so the blood sugar level continues to rise. A family history of type 1 diabetes may increase your risk for diabetes.
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may work with you to create a meal plan that will help you control your blood sugar levels. Ask how your favorite foods may fit into this meal plan. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about meal planning.
is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
may be given to decrease the amount of sugar in your blood.
- Blood glucose tests may be checked 3 times a day or more. This is usually done before meals and at bedtime.
- A urine sample may show the amount of ketones and sugar in your urine. This test helps show how well your blood sugar level is being controlled and if you need more tests.
Healthcare providers will teach you how to manage your diabetes. They may also visit you at home to teach you more about diabetes, or you may attend classes. Your providers will teach you what to do if your blood sugar level goes too high or too low. They will also help you plan sick day management. Ask how to dispose of used needles and syringes.
Uncontrolled diabetes can damage your nerves, veins, and arteries. Long-term high blood sugar levels can damage your eyes and kidneys. Damage to arteries increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. Nerve damage may also lead to other heart, stomach, and nerve problems. Diabetes is life-threatening if it is not controlled. Control your blood glucose levels to reduce your risk for health problems.
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