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Autoimmune Or Not: What's Type 1b Diabetes?

Autoimmune or not: What's Type 1b diabetes?

Autoimmune or not: What's Type 1b diabetes?

I still have diabetes. But now, it's called Idiopathic Type 1 diabetes, or Type 1b diabetes. I had never heard of this before the doctor called to give me my test results from last week. I had been wondering and wondering about it since last Friday and finally, during lunch, the doctor called to tell me that I have Type 1b diabetes.
Like everyone else in my life, you're probably asking what that means for me and if I still have to take insulin. Yes, it's practically the same thing and no, it doesn't change the way I live my life. I just know now that I have the type of Type 1 that isn't an autoimmune disease.
So what is it? It's hereditary. Yep. It's a gene that I carried around and something triggered the diabetes; an environmental factor. Interestingly enough, people with this type of diabetes are usually misdiagnosed to believe that they have Type 2 diabetes when in fact, it's Type 1. There are even times of insulin independence, says the first article I read after Googling the terminology.
Nonetheless, what I gathered is that this type of diabetes doesn't have anything attacking it. I don't produce insulin but unlike the autoimmune Type 1a, which means that it was a person's own body attacking itself, my pancreas just doesn't want to work.
This form of type 1 diabetes is not autoimmune in nature, and tests for islet cell antibodies will come up negative. People with type 1 B have an insulin deficiency and can experience ketoacidosis (a high blood sugar emergency), but their need for insulin injections typically waxes and wanes over time.
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World Diabetes Day 2017: Women and Diabetes – Our Right to a Healthy Future.

World Diabetes Day 2017: Women and Diabetes – Our Right to a Healthy Future.

Over the past decade, diabetes has become one of the most widespread diseases in the world and it is increasing at an alarming rate. To show solidarity against this life-threatening disease, the International Diabetes Federation is organizing the International Diabetes Day 2017 on 14th of November.
About World Diabetes Day 2017
This year, the theme is, ‘Women and Diabetes’ and the slogan runs, ‘Our right to a healthy future.’ The campaign will take different forms across the world as doctors, patients and the common mass step up to spread awareness about diabetes.
What Will the World Diabetes Day 2017 Include?
This year’s campaign will highlight and promote the need for affordable access to important medicines and advanced technologies for diabetes treatment. All women who are at risk to inherit the disease or are battling it every day are entitled to them. It is also essential that women and the population, in general, are given the education and information that would help them be the victors against this disease or prevent type 2 diabetes.
The IDF has released several campaign materials and organised numerous events to commemorate the day, and you can be a part of this event too! People from across different walks of life will come together in an effort to uplift diabetic patients and spread basic awareness about the prevention of the disease.
Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body cannot handle the blood-sugar levels, which lead to severe damage of the blood vessels, vital organs and can even cause death.
Types of diabetes:
There are two types of diab Continue reading

I Have Diabetes; Now What? – Guidelines For Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Patients

I Have Diabetes; Now What? – Guidelines For Newly Diagnosed Diabetes Patients

There was a time when it was considered not unusual to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at fifty. The poor lifestyle choices, processed diet and nearly thirty years of work-life stress were expected to impact us by that age. These days, people are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at forty and with every passing year, the bar is lowered further, with the millennials now being diagnosed in their thirties and even their twenties! While a Diabetes Type 2 diagnosis can be overwhelming, it’s important to know that you aren’t alone. Try to think of this diagnosis as the first step towards learning how to control your blood sugar levels and take charge of your life. Our guidelines for newly diagnosed diabetics will help you navigate your way through all the lifestyle and diet changes you need to make, gain a better understanding of your disease, educate yourself on how to manage it, and how to find the right support you need.
I Have Diabetes, Now What ?
A new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is sure to take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. It is completely natural to feel low after your diagnosis. Emotions run amok as you face the reality of future complications like heart disease, kidney failure and vision related problems, all while you grieve for lost health.
Diabetes can be a tough condition to accept, so feelings of anger, shock, resentment, betrayal, shame and denial are completely normal. Studies show that it is not uncommon for newly diagnosed diabetics to go through a period of depression. But you can learn to deal with the emotions that come up with a diabete Continue reading

Do You Have Double Diabetes?

Do You Have Double Diabetes?

Amy Campbell, CDE, is a registered dietitian and the author of several books about diabetes, including 16 Myths of a Diabetic Diet and Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning.
When we think about having diabetes, we often think of a person as having type 1 or type 2 diabetes. We might even know someone who has had gestational diabetes, which is diabetes that appears during pregnancy. And prediabetes, while technically not diabetes, is a term we hear more and more about these days as well, given that 86 million people in the United States have it. But “double diabetes”? What the heck is that?
What is it?
Admittedly, the term “double diabetes” was new to me, but it has been around since 1991. Back then, researchers observed that some people with type 1 diabetes who had a family history of type 2 diabetes were more likely to be overweight and struggle to achieve glycemic control, despite taking higher doses of insulin.
Double diabetes is when someone who has type 1 diabetes develops insulin resistance, a key feature of type 2 diabetes. A person who has double diabetes does not morph into having type 2; he or she will always have type 1 diabetes. The person just happens to have some degree of insulin resistance too.
Metabolic syndrome
Insulin resistance is closely linked with metabolic syndrome, and it’s believed that people who have double diabetes also tend to have this condition. Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raise the chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. How do you know if you have metaboli Continue reading

Dinner ideas for people with type 2 diabetes

Dinner ideas for people with type 2 diabetes

Every 23 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. But although diabetes is widespread, public awareness and understanding of the disease can be limited.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) report that 29 million Americans currently have diabetes, but a quarter of them do not know it. Another 86 million adults have prediabetes, with 90 percent of them being unaware.
Diabetes is a serious disease that can, if uncontrolled, lead to loss of eyesight, cardiovascular problems, kidney damage, and even amputation of lower limbs. The good news is, it can be managed and these serious health problems can be avoided.
Diet techniques for diabetes
The even better news is that diabetes can be managed through a combination of exercise, health care, and diet. Despite popular belief, a diet can be varied, tasty, and fulfilling.
The "diabetic plate"
Maintaining a consistent, well-balanced diet can help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under control.
Portion control is also important, which is where the "diabetic plate" comes in.
Endorsed by several organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, the "diabetic plate" can be very helpful when planning dinners.
Follow these simple steps:
Draw an imaginary line down the center of your plate.
Divide one half into two further sections, so that your plate is now divided into three.
Fill the biggest section with non-starchy vegetables, such as spinach, green beans, salsa, mushrooms, broccoli, or others.
Use proteins to fill one of the smaller sections. Good options are skinless Continue reading

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