In previous blogs we discussed all types of diabetes (click here : https://pranitasadvice.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/sugar-disease-whats-so-bitter-about-it/). In my practice at Vitality Health Clinic, I have b often been asked this question: is type 1 Diabetes more dangerous than type 2?
So to answer this question I thought to discuss it further.
What is type 1 diabetes?
As discussed previously in type 1diabetes body produces little or no insulin, the hormone needed to move glucose from blood stream to the cell for energy. Therefore person suffering from this type have to take insulin daily for life.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that accounts for five to 10 percent of all cases of diabetes. Person’s immune system perceives cells in their pancreas as harmful and attacks them producing no insulin.
Genetic: A close relative with type 1 diabetes, increase chances of developing condition 6% chance.
Both type 1 and type 2 produce similar symptoms with type 1 diabetes, however, symptoms may come on suddenly. They include:
- Frequent urination
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Unusual weight loss
- Increased fatigue
- Blurry vision
In case if high blood sugar levels are not brought quickly under control via treatment, acute complications of type 1 diabetes
- Severe dehydration and
- Diabetic ketoacidosis: which means increase ketone bodies (byproducts of fatty acid breakdown) in the body creating excess acidic environment. If persist, can even lead to death.
Longer term complications of type 1 diabetes affect every part of persons body from head to toe stressing both quality and quantity of their life.
Therefore early detection and management of this disease is of paramount importance.
- Medical: Insulin in various forms, long acting, short acting and rapid acting is prescribed according to individual lifestyle.
As compared to type 2 diabetes which appears later in the life Type 1 diabetes usually appears before the age of 40, particularly in childhood therefore ‘Lifestyle management’ becomes even more significant and must start sooner to avoid long term complications and improve quality of life.
So here simple ways you can start managing it from today.
7 basic lifestyle changes to control sugar level:
- Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess body fat causes cells to become resistant to insulin.
- Avoid eating heavy meals and fasting for long duration to maintain blood sugar level.
- Consume food with low glycemic index so instead of potatoes, rice, bread opt for sweet potatoes, beans, vegetable.
- Eliminate trans-fat in form of margarine, artificial food, fried foods especially found in take-aways cafes such as fish and chips.
- Fish: if you eat fish, have 1 oily and 1 white fish per week to maintain healthy Omega-3 fat in your body.
- Enjoy liberal amounts of greens such as green vegetables, cucumbers and other vegetables.
- Move : as much as possible daily along with doing aerobic exercises at lest 5 times a week for 30 min a day.
In future blogs we will discuss, holistic lifestyle for diabetes control for both type 1 and type 2.
To conclude and to answer the concern of my clients : is type 1 more harmful than type 2? I believe, if managed effectively, both of the conditions can be controlled well…giving sweet flavor to your life!
If you have any questions regarding this article, please feel free to contact me by commenting or email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until, we meet in person.
Live well, Live with Vitality.
Vitality Health Clinic
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