Condition: Type 1 Diabetes

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About Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes Type 1 causes the body to stop producing insulin entirely. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that converts sugar, starches and other foods into energy needed for the body to function. Diabetes Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children or young adults and was previously called Juvenile Diabetes. This name is now not used commonly as the condition also occurs in adults.
There are two types of Diabetes ' Type 1 and Type 2. When considered together, 5-10% of individuals with the condition have Diabetes Type 1. Diabetes Type 1 is fatal unless patients are treated with insulin supplements. Without insulin to break down food, patients will quickly develop an excess of glucose ('sugar') in the blood and urine. An excess of glucose in the body eventually will cause seizures, kidney failure, stroke, blindness, and heart failure. While the cause of Diabetes Type 1 is not determined, it is believed to occur because the body's immune system attacks the pancreas and damages the cells that produce insulin. Studies have shown that it can also be hereditary (genetic). There is a considerable difference between Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. Diabetes Type 1 is not preventable and causes the pancreas to completely shut down. Diabetes Type 2 is preventable and causes the pancreas to be less efficient in releasing insulin to break down glucose in the bloodstream. Diabetes Type 1 must be treated with insulin or it is fatal. Diabetes Type 2 is treated in a multitude of ways, including diet, exercise, weight loss, and medications, and, in the worst cases, insulin therapy. Diabetes Type 1 is predominantly diagnosed in children and young adults and as such was referred to as Juvenile Diabetes. Diabetes Type 2 can affect individuals at any age. It was previously referred to as Adult-Onset Diabetes; however, because of the rise of obesity in children, it is becoming more prevalent in youth. In both cases, if left untreated, patients will experience high blood sugar (an excess of glucose in the bloodstream) which leads to severe, fatal symptoms.??
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Takes longer than expected to kick in2/7/2012 at 05:27 AM
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Frustration, angry with myself, longing to run a bullet through my head, cursing and swearing, throwing with stuff.2/7/2012 at 05:26 AM
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Second quickest acting insulin analog available. I would highly recommend this if you take injections or are on a pump. 11/8/2011 at 01:46 PM
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None of the peaks and valleys of NPH and seems to be more stable than Lantus. Only downside is that I have to inject twice a day instead of some people who only require one injection per day.11/8/2011 at 01:45 PM
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It is very good8/21/2011 at 09:12 PM
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