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Warning: Adult Type 1 Diabetes Cases Being Misdiagnosed As Type 2

Warning: Adult type 1 diabetes cases being misdiagnosed as type 2

Warning: Adult type 1 diabetes cases being misdiagnosed as type 2

The number of type 1 diabetes cases that are being wrongly diagnosed as type 2 diabetes is rising, according to a recent article from CBS News.
Most of the 26 million Americans who have the condition are type 2 diabetics, but a wrongful diagnosis can be dangerous - even deadly.
Adult diagnoses are often type 2
Type 2 diabetes is often called adult-onset diabetes because it does not appear until lifestyle factors like obesity or lack of exercise predispose a person to the disease. Type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disorder that requires patients to take insulin injections in order to survive; no amount of dietary changes or exercise can help.
And while adults are often diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, more and more of them actually have type 1, the article states. Pennsylvania resident Marc Bieber's type 2 diabetes diagnosis did not respond to conventional treatment, and he found out dangerously late than he has type 1 diabetes instead.
“The last time I left the hospital I had a tremor in my hand and my speech is kind of slurred now,” Bieber said.
Signs and symptoms
When type 2 diabetes doesn't respond to pills, or if a patient's blood sugar doesn't stabilize, it could indicate that type 1 is present. Other symptoms include high blood sugar with weight loss.
“Occasionally, someone will come in and they don’t have the classic features of someone with type two,” Dr. Jennifer Holst told CBS News. “Some reports show up to 10 percent of people who develop diabetes as an adult could have a type one diabetes.”
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Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

Diabetes Technology Inches Closer To An Artificial Pancreas

Every person who uses insulin to manage diabetes wants what they don't have — a replacement for their malfunctioning pancreas. And though the technology isn't yet to the point of creating an artificial pancreas, it's getting a lot closer.
Just last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a mobile app-based system that can monitor a person's sugar levels remotely. Parents can monitor a child's sugar while she or he is in school, for example, providing greater peace of mind.
That technology is the latest step in an evolution aimed at letting people manage diabetes without the burden of calibrating insulin doses themselves. So far we have devices that deliver insulin and devices that continuously monitor blood sugar. Getting those two pieces of equipment to talk to each other would make the process safer and simpler. That's the technology that people really want. And that's starting to happen.
Because that technology is rolling out bit by bit rather than all at once, it makes more sense to call it an artificial pancreas "system," according to Aaron Kowalski, chief mission officer and vice president for research at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a top funder of research into the systems. The devices are "trying to replace mechanically what's lost in diabetes," Kowalski tells Shots.
The healthy human pancreas is an awesome machine, secreting the exact right amount of insulin into the bloodstream to allow the glucose from your food to enter your cells and be used for energy. When you eat, your pancreas secretes more insulin. When you exercise, it Continue reading

World’s First Diabetes Emergency Kit

World’s First Diabetes Emergency Kit

Natural disasters are likely to send anyone into a state of chaos and turmoil. But if you have diabetes, they can be especially dangerous, as they have the ability to completely shatter your management plan. So having a plan is a necessity that many people don’t realize until it’s too late.
For one mom, an earthquake caused her to have this epiphany. While in the midst of experiencing the quake, it occurred to Gillian Miller that she needed to have an emergency kit for her daughter, who suffers from type 1 diabetes. And that is how the world’s first diabetes emergency kit was born!
Miller, of The Diabetes And More Company Inc., realized that the aftermath of the earthquake could cause her family to lose electricity for an undetermined amount of time, making insulin delivery a complicated, if not impossible task. In that moment, she realized that many people likely had the same fears.
Check out the video below where Miller describes how this event, as well as her daughter’s previous experience with Diabetic Ketoacidosis, compelled her to make sure her family and others could be prepared for the worst case scenario.
Take a look, and as always, make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below! Continue reading

Aw, Poor Kitty :( Goes to Show That Feline Diabetes Awareness is Crucial!

Aw, Poor Kitty :( Goes to Show That Feline Diabetes Awareness is Crucial!

Feline diabetes is not at all uncommon. And treating feline diabetes really doesn’t differ a whole lot from how humans are treated. What tends to be more difficult, as it is with humans, is actually being able to tell if your cat is experiencing the symptoms of diabetes.
See this entertaining yet informative video on the symptoms of feline diabetes right here!
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Khloe Kardashian Recalls Emotional Rob Kardashian ''Intervention,'' Says She's Seen a ''Great Transformation'' Since Diabetes Diagnosis

Khloe Kardashian Recalls Emotional Rob Kardashian ''Intervention,'' Says She's Seen a ''Great Transformation'' Since Diabetes Diagnosis

Khloe Kardashian is recalling an emotional incident involving her brother Rob Kardashian's declining health.
During a promo event for her new show Kocktails With Khloe (premieres Jan. 20) earlier today, the 31-year-old E! star opened up to Catt Sadlerabout Rob's recent health scare and diabetes diagnosis. While the family didn't have a sit-down intervention with Rob last week like some tabloids claim, Khloe think's a phone "intervention" she had with Rob on the last season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians was pivotal.
"We didn't mean to film [it] and it just happened. We filmed an intervention that aired...not so much like a sit-down and this blah, blah, blah, it was like over the phone and it was just like that's when the time happened and we happened to be filming and we just needed to really address a lot of stuff with Rob," Khloe told E! News exclusively Thursday. "And it came to be that I'm an enabler because I baby him too much but I can't kick my brother out, that's never gonna happen."
Khloe continued of Rob's well-being, "But I think Rob's health scare really again, leaving that in 2015 all the bad stuff, 2016 I think is gonna be a really positive great year. And I think that health scare hopefully rattled Rob a little bit and maybe woke him up…I know it's only what January 7 or 8, it's only eight days of this year but I think I've seen such a great transformation just mentally right now. So I hope that sticks. Again it's only been a week, but I hope that sticks and I'm always praying and rooting for Rob."
"I'm very hopeful," she continued. "We gotta get Rob ba Continue reading

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