Is Type 1 Diabetes Caused By An Autoimmune Disorder?

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Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. We do not know what causes this auto-immune reaction. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented. Type 1 diabetes: Occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin Represents around 10% of all cases of diabetes and is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions Onset is usually abrupt and the symptoms obvious Symptoms can include excessive thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss, weakness and fatigue and blurred vision Is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump. What happens to the pancreas? In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach, stops making insulin because the cells that make the insulin have been destroyed by the body’s immune system. Without insulin, the body’s cells cannot turn glucose (sugar), into energy. People with type 1 diabetes depend on insulin every day of their lives to replace the insulin the body cannot produce. They must test their blood glucose levels several times throu Continue reading >>

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  1. mookie47

    Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) for Diabetics

    About a year ago I dislocated my knee and tore a few ligaments, it gets sore and swolen sometimes and my grandmother recently suggested a hot epsom salt bath. When I bought the salt it says on the back that diabetics should not use epsom salt unless directed to do so by a physician. When I looked online I found some horror stories about bad epsom salt experiences but nothing seemed specific to Diabetes.
    I realize the obvious side effects of dizziness or having a hot soak effect my sugars..
    Does anyone know why we arent supposed to use Epsom salt?

  2. jessidehl

    You can actually absorb the magnesium through your skin. I think it can make you go low...

  3. coravh

    I think what they may be doing as well is extrapolating. If you have diabetic kidney disease, exposing yourself to the possible absorption of the Mg could be bad for you if your kidneys are not filtering properly. This is basic CYA behavior. Otherwise, I don't see any real problems.

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