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 ...view middle of the document...
One cannot prevent Type 1 Diabetes because it is the immune system naturally mistaking the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas.
There are many tests for diabetes and leaving it undiagnosed can be fatal. “The A1C test measures your average blood glucose for the past 2-3 months. Diabetes is diagnosed at an A1C of greater than or equal to 6.5%” (American Diabetes Association 2012). “Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) checks your fasting blood glucose levels. Diabetes is diagnosed at fasting blood glucose of greater than or equal to 126 mg/dl” (American Diabetes Association 2012). “The Oral Glucose Tolerance Test is a two-hour test that checks your blood glucose levels before and 2 hours after you drink a special sweet drink. It tells the doctor how your body processes glucose. Diabetes is diagnosed at 2 hour blood glucose of greater than or equal to 200 mg/dl” (American Diabetes Association 2012).
If you notice yourself experiencing any other symptoms listed above, you should see your doctor immediately or you will experience the following complications can be deadly or life altering. Diabetes is more commonly known for “the pancreas normally adjusts the amount of insulin it makes based on your changing blood sugar. When you have diabetes, your insulin injections can't control your blood sugar moment to moment, the way your pancreas would. So you may have high and low blood sugar levels from time to time” (WebMD 2012). According to WebMD (2012), this change in blood sugar levels can cause diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when blood sugar level rises before a person knows...