This type of Diabetes was most widely known as juvenile diabetes as is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Unlike other forms of diabetes, such as Type 2 diabetes where the body does not produce enough insulin, Type 1 diabetes is a result of the body producing no insulin. As a result the daily impacts and potential complications from this type of diabetes are much more serious and those diagnosed with this form of diabetes need to be vigilant in their monitoring and management.

First Some Type 1 Diabetes Statics….

Before we get into the weeds on the specifics regarding this type of diabetes let’s revel some statics on the frequency of Type 1 versus other forms of diabetes. If you are concerned that your child is a candidate for this form of diabetes then these stats will help you rationalize the basis for your determination. One word of caution, it is always best to seek the advice of your physician as only they can confirm Type 1 diabetes. In addition, your physician can guide you through management of the diabetes if necessary.

Data compiled from the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011 (Dated 1/26/11)

Total Population Impacted: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. That is 8.3% of the population that is considered to have some form of diabetes. Although it is estimated that only 5% of the people have Type 1 Diabetes. Some more alarming facts are:

  • 8 million people of the total number affected are diagnosed
  • 0 million people go undiagnosed
  • As many as 79 million people are prediabetic (we spoke about this topic in Installment No. 1)

Broken down by age group:

  • age 65 – 10.9 million, or 26.9% of all people in this age group have diabetes
  • Between ages 20 and 65 – 25.6 million, or 11.3% of all people in this age group have diabetes
  • Under 20 – 215,000, or 0.26% of all people in this age group have diabetes. However about 1 in 400 children develop Type 1 diabetes.

Broken down by gender:

  • 0 million, or 11.8% of all men aged 20 years or older have diabetes
  • 6 million, or 10.8% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes

Type 1 Health Concerns

As with any type of diabetes we need to know the potential Glucofort health issues. It is important to remember that if you have or are concerned of developing Type 1 diabetes, it does not necessarily mean that you will have the complications that are mentioned here. Proper management is the key here. Only through guidance from your medical professional can you properly manage any diabetes condition.

Complications from Type 1 diabetes can include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease (neuropathy) and in some cases amputation. In fact diabetes in general was considered an underlying cause or contributing factor in more than 231,000 deaths in 2007. Here are some specifics of the health concerns noted”

Heart disease and stroke

  • The risk of death for adults from heart disease is about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes.
  • The risk for stroke is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.

Blindness

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years.

Kidney disease

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of new cases in 2008.
  • In 2008, 48,374 people with diabetes began treatment for end-stage kidney disease in the United States.
  • In 2008, a total of 202,290 people with end-stage kidney disease due to diabetes were living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant in the United States.

Nervous system disease (Neuropathy)

  • About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage.
  • Amputation
  • More than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.

Now while this may cause you to pause, remember these are typical health issues with diabetes in general. So you may be asking what to do if your child has Type 1 diabetes? What can I do in raising my child to limit their potential for these health impacts. Well there are many resources on the Internet that deal specifically with this topic. One such reference is noted at the end of this article for your consideration.

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