Diagnosing Diabetes Type 1

Diagnosing diabetes type 1 should be left up to your doctor. He can run a series of tests to determine if you have this disease. Type 1 diabetes is brought on by the body’s inability to produce enough insulin. That is, the pancreatic cells that are responsible for producing insulin are not producing enough, if in fact they produce any insulin at all. Are you born with type 1 diabetes? Not necessarily, the condition is caused by autoimmunity problems or the body’s inability to recognize its own cells, as a result it ends up attacking its own cells instead of only the foreign cells such as those that are cancerous or bacterial in nature.

Diagnosing diabetes type 1 is not lifestyle-dependent. That is why it can be diagnosed even in people who are perfectly healthy and who are quite conscious of the food they eat and the physical activities they engage in. Although poor diet and lack of exercise can be risk factors in the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, a direct link has not yet been established.

From the name itself – Type 1 diabetes or as it was previously known juvenile diabetes – you can see that it was often diagnosed in children or people under the age of 25. However there is a rising diagnosis in older people and so the name was changed from juvenile diabetes to diabetes type 1. It is believed that type 1 diabetes is genetically determined but studies are not yet conclusive as to the exact link between diabetes and genetics.

People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to survive. Their weight and diet will dictate how much insulin they will require at different stages in their lives. Those who stick to a healthy diet and maintain their ideal weight may need less insulin as compared with those who remain obese and eat unhealthy food.

Regular monitoring of urine is required for type 1 diabetics. This is because they need to watch out for ketones in their urine. Type 1 diabetics are more likely to develop ketoacidosis. This is a serious condition that develops when the body is not getting enough fuel from food (no insulin means food is not converted into energy that the body needs) and so the body is using fat cells as energy source.

Unlike type 2 diabetics, there are less people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This is because as people become more obese, the incidence of diagnosis of type 2 diabetes increases, and that is not true for type 1 diabetics. As you can see diagnosis of diabetes type 1 is not easy and you should consult a medical professional if you suspect you developing symptoms of type 1 diabetes.