Type 1 Diabetes

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KidsHealth (1995-2004) states that insulin is a hormone that lowers the level of a type of sugar, glucose, in one’s blood and is made by beta cells in the pancreas then released into one’s blood when glucose levels rise. Insulin helps glucose enter the body's cells, where it can be used for energy. According to Fradkin (N.d.), Type 1 Diabetes is when one’s immune system destroys the insulin making beta cells in the pancreas because it mistakes them as a foreign body.
According to the American Diabetes Association (2005), 25.8 million, about 8.3% of the population, children and adults have with Type 1 Diabetes in the United States. Within that 25.8 million people, about 18.5 have been diagnosed and about 7 million have gone undiagnosed (American Diabetes Association 2005). Puerto Rican is currently the leading nationality in having Type 1 Diabetes at 13.8% within the United States (American Diabetes Association 2005).The American Diabetes Association (2012) has listed that the “Age 20 and older” is currently the leading age group in having Type 1 Diabetes in the United States at 25.6 million people, which is about 11.3% of the United States population.

Signs and Symptoms:
According to the American Diabetes Association (2005), early detection through the following symptoms can help decrease the complications of having diabetes. Common symptoms of diabetes listed on the American Diabetes Association (2005) website are as follow: blurry vision, slow healing cuts or bruises, frequent urination, constant extreme thirst, constant hunger even after eating, weight loss even with frequent eating, severe fatigue, and tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands or feet.
According to WebMD (2012), Type 1 Diabetes deve...

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...lso a key component of proper diabetes care. Along with all of the other benefits you will receive from being active, your diabetes will also respond in kind with more stable blood glucose levels” (American Diabetes Association 2012). “Nutrition is one of the most important pieces of the diabetes puzzle. Understanding how different foods affect your blood glucose and learning to develop solid meal plans will be a crucial part of your daily routine.” (American Diabetes Association 2012).

Works Cited

American Diabetes Assocation. (2012). “Diabetes Basics: Type 1“. Retreieved from Chamberlain, Joan, and Judith Fradkin. (2014). "Diabetes.". Retreieved from Grolier Online.
The Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth. (1995-2014). “Diabetes Center”. Retreieved from WebMD. (2005-2014). “Diabetes Guide: Type 1 Diabetes”. Retreived from
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