I know there are a lot of misconceptions about T1D. It’s not something that is common knowledge to everyone, so I was curious what questions the general public had about the condition. And as most of you know, I’m sure, Google does this nifty little thing where you can start typing a question and it will suggest auto completions of your questions based on the most popular searches. I decided to try it out to see what everyone else was curious about, and here is what I found, along with answers to the questions I am qualified to answer.
Personally, I am always hungry. But I don’t think that’s a diabetes thing, I think that’s just a Casey thing. One of the symptoms of high blood sugar is extreme thirst, but hunger I do not believe is a side affect.
As for being cold all of the time, my fingers and toes are often colder than the rest of my body. This has to do with circulation issues that also comes with diabetes, and which is also why sometimes extremely high blood sugars cause the feeling of pins and needles in fingers and toes.
I have not read anything that says my risk of cancer is increased as a diabetic.
Type one diabetes is defined as the body’s inability to produce insulin. We are not necessarily resistant, we just cannot produce it ourselves.
Being sleepy can be a sign of high or low blood sugar, but we are not in a constant state of tiredness. If you’re feeling more fatigued than usual, a blood sugar test might be necessary.
Diabetes can cause weight gain, or often prevent weight loss or make it more difficult. Excess insulin can be stored in fat cells. There are medications, however, that help release the insulin in those cells.
Eating disorders, from what I’ve read, are actually more common in diabetics than I would have thought. It’s called diabulimia– a combination of the words diabetes and bulimia in which diabetics will not take insulin for the food they consume for fear of gaining weight, and instead regurgitate their meals.
Dizziness can be a symptom of either high or low blood sugar, so it’s always a good idea to test when you’re feeling off in any way.
Itching, unless it’s a side affect of a particular medication, is not caused by diabetes.
Diabetes is hard on the entire body, including the heart. One way it affects the heart is if blood sugars get extremely high– like unreadable levels– it can make the potassium levels in the body drop, which can cause cardiac arrest.
Here is the American Diabetes Association’s definition of type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes can cause what is known as diabetic retinopathy, which is damage to the blood vessels in the eye due to poorly controlled blood sugars.
In the kidneys, diabetes can cause what is called diabetic microalbuminuria, or the presence of protein in the urine. This can be controlled with medication.
Type one diabetes is mostly caused by genetics. Type 2, however, is caused mostly by poor diet and exercise habits. This is when the pancreas is still producing insulin, just not an adequate amount to take care of food consumption. Type 2, if caught early enough, can be reversed.
Diabetes is recognized as a disease and a disability. As of yet, there is no cure, but it is not contagious.
Say your air conditioner dies right in the middle of July. You can still make your house cool, but you would have to do so manually with ceiling fans and more air circulation. That’s what diabetes does.
Diabetes doesn’t feel any different than living without it, as long as blood sugars are controlled.
Diabetes affects everything. Nerves are especially affected, and that’s why diabetics have to pay close attention to their feet. The feet are the first to be affected, which is why you sometimes may here horror stories about diabetics losing toes to T1D.
Yes, eventually diabetics will die without insulin. However, it will be a very slow and painful death. They will feel very ill for a long period of time until their heart or kidneys give out. This is absolutely preventable though, as long as diabetics keep taking their insulin.
Occasionally, type 2 diabetes can be reversed with improved diet and exercise. Type 1, however, will not go away. Once the pancreas stops working completely, it will not start again, at least until they find a cure.
Most diabetics will have complications, simply because the human body is like a chain reaction. Everything affects everything. Other organs have to work harder to make up for the one that isn’t working at all– the pancreas. However, not all diabetics will have complications as severe as blindness.