What is Type 1 Diabetes?

I was looking through my posts and realized I had not talked about what T1D actually is. I was sitting at lunch and someone was asking another student who also has T1D, that if he got it from eating too much sugar. The answer is NO. T1D’s hate when people say they ate too much sugar and that is how they got diabetes. That is not true at all. The boy said something similar to, “It was from a virus that settled in my pancreas and my body started fighting against it, which made my pancreas stop working”.

Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes are two different things. According to JDRF.org, “Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels” it continues, “T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cella are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system”. One cannot control if they have T1D. I am sure if we could, no one would have it, but that is not the case.

No, we do did not eat too much sugar. Yes, we can eat sugar, that is how we get our blood sugar up if it is low. A lot of people seem to be confused on what we can and cannot eat (really should not eat, but I have a heck of a sweet tooth if I don’t say so myself). I will write about that in the next post. So be sure to check it out next Saturday.

I hope you learned something about T1D through this article. And remember, its not the sugar that gave us diabetes, it was that virus we had months before we got diagnosed. My virus was the flu.

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