Is Type 1 Diabetes Caused By An Autoimmune Disorder?

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Diabetes - Type 1

Description An in-depth report on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of type 1 diabetes. Alternative Names Type 1 diabetes; Insulin-dependent diabetes; Juvenile diabetes Highlights Type 1 Diabetes In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is involved in regulating how the body converts sugar (glucose) into energy. People with type 1 diabetes need to take daily insulin shots and carefully monitor their blood glucose levels. Type 1 diabetes is much less common than type 2 diabetes. It accounts for 5 - 10% of all diabetes cases. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but it usually first develops in childhood or adolescence. Symptoms of Diabetes Symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include: Frequent urination Excessive thirst Extreme hunger Sudden weight loss Extreme fatigue Irritability Blurred vision In general, the symptoms of type 1 diabetes come on more abruptly and are more severe than those of type 2 diabetes. Warning Signs of Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) occurs when blood sugar (glucose) levels fall below normal. All patients with diabetes should be aware of these symptoms of hypoglycemia: Sweating Trembling Hun Continue reading >>

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  1. JessicaMarieP

    Did you adjust your diet? There are a lot of foods that don't mix with metformin. My first doctor failed to inform me of this and I was in a lot of gastrointestinal distress without knowing why. Then I read up on the effects of metformin and it dawned on me that I was eating the wrong thing. What I found that worked best was to limit carbs as much as you can. If you have to eat carbs in a meal, make sure to balance it out with the same amount or more of a lean protein. For example, if you're going to have rice or bread or white potatoes, try to have just a small amount and balance it out with a larger serving of fish or baked chicken or other lean meat. Avoid fried foods. I was eating fried chicken sandwiches with fries on the side before I knew what to do, and I was running to the bathroom constantly and so miserable.
    I also found the extended release (ER) version of metformin was gentler on my system than the regular metformin.
    As for words of encouragement, I TTC'ed with no luck for almost 3 years. Then finally a doctor diagnosed me with PCOS, put me on metformin, and I was pregnant within the month. No other fertility treatments needed. :)

  2. CrystalAMcMillan

    I too have pcos and was put on clomid and it didnt' work so we added metformin to the equation. when I first started with metformin it made me sick, I didn't want to eat (no appetite), and all I want to do is lay down. Then I found out I wasn't eating enough food with it so I would eat half of my breakfast take the pill and eat the other half and that seemed to worked. As the pp stated you do have to watch your diet on metformin. I've been on metformin for 2 months now I the side effects have went away. Just stick it out a little longer it will get better.

  3. kleehfamily

    DFSFKSLS! lol what is my jibberish for how long have you been on this board! I never see you post! I knew you were TTC but didn't think you were over here. Glad to see a march Mommy :)

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