Does Juvenile Diabetes - only affect Children?
Juvenile Diabetes can affect anyone at any age. It is also known as type 1. This is an autoimmune disease caused by destruction of the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. No insulin of course leads to increased blood glucose levels. The symptoms are similar to those with type 2.
- increased and frequent urination
- Increased Thirst
- increased fatigue
- Weight loss, etc.
If left untreated it can be fatal.
It can lead to seizures, unconsciousness, coma and even death.
Insulin shots (or pumps) are used to control the disease and is said that those with type 1 are destined to take insulin shots for life - although there is information showing other options.
Although the obvious problem is controlling high blood sugar - low blood sugar can be a problem also. Testing blood sugars must be done diligently. If too much insulin is taken, or if eating is not consistent and scheduled, blood sugars may drop to low.
If poorly-managed - complications may include:
- cardiovascular disease,
- diabetic neuropathy,
- diabetic retinopathy among others.