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October 13, 2021 03:29pm
By Jill Murphy, Associate Editor
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Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is an autoimmune disease usually diagnosed in children and young adults. The American Diabetes Association reports that only 5% of individuals with diabetes have this form. In T1DM, the pancreas fails to produce the hormone insulin, which is needed to convert sugar, starch, and other food into the energy the body needs.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms vary from person to person, but the following are common to many individuals with T1DM:
Although the exact cause of T1DM is unknown, researchers believe that autoimmune disorders or certain genetic conditions may increase an individual’s risk for developing the disease.
Tests and Diagnosis
If a diagnosis of diabetes is suspected or confirmed, your child will be referred to a pediatric endocrinologist who will probably order several tests.
Common tests include hemoglobin A1C, which indicates the average blood glucose level over a 2- to 3-month period; random blood glucose levels;
and fasting blood glucose levels.
To date, there is no known way to prevent T1DM.
Patients with T1DM should adhere to the following management guidelines:
Treatment and Care
In general, treatment for T1DM includes the following:
Homeopathic and Alternative Remedies
Some people with diabetes turn to complementary and alternative medicine for treatment. Some of these therapies may be effective, whereas others can be ineffective or even harmful. Patients who use complementary and alternative medicine therapies should keep their health care providers informed and always consult their primary health care provider before using any of these types of therapy.
When individuals with diabetes seek OTC medications for other medical conditions, it is critical to speak with a pharmacist about which medications can help treat the condition without worsening it.
Resources for Patients
Resources for Health Care Professionals