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Type 1 Diabetes

By the dLife Editors Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when insulin-producing beta cells within the pancreas are gradually destroyed and eventually fail to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body’s cells use glucose for energy. Blood glucose (or blood sugar) is manufactured from the food we eat (primarily carbohydrates) and by the liver. If glucose can’t be absorbed by the cells, it builds up in the bloodstream instead. Untreated, the high blood sugar levels that result can be toxic to every system of the body, causing serious complications. Type 1 accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all diagnosed diabetes in the United States. Although type 1 diabetes develops most often in children and young adults, the disease can be diagnosed at any age. Of the 1.25 million Americans living with type 1 diabetes, about 200,000 are younger than twenty years old. Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes is more common in Caucasians than in those of Latino, African American, or other non-Caucasian backgrounds. The rate of type 1 diabetes has been increasing by roughly 2 to 5 percent each year, globally. Type 1 Diabetes Causes Researchers have identified several g Continue reading >>

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  1. Scottysgrl10506

    Glucophage - I am having nightmares since I started taking Metformin. Should I be worried? Will it?

    ... go away after my body adjusts?
    I have been on Metformin about two weeks now for pcos and I have had some really awful nightmares. I do intend to speak to my dr about it but I was wondering if this is a temporary side effect while my body is adjusting to the medication or if its something I should be concerned about. Also, is there something I could be doing or not doing that will help prevent them.

  2. KA kaismama

    Since this isn't a listed side effect of it, I don't know what to tell you. Are you sure its not coincidence? It doesn't effect our brain.

  3. SC

    I actually considered that but the coincidence just seemed too thin to me. Drugs.com lists nightmares as a less common (but reported) side effect. The blood glucose in your brain becomes affected when you take Metformin. And the blood glucose in your brain can affect your dreams. I'm wondering if there is anything I can do differently or not do to stop the nightmares. Should I increase sugar, decrease sugar, I haven't been keeping a good eye on how much I've been consuming. I should definitely start.

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