Once referred to as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes affects only about 10% of those affected with diabetes. This is a chronic condition, where the pancreas produces very little or no insulin at all. Although type 1 diabetes is more common in childhood, it can appear in adulthood as well.
Unlike prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, the symptoms and effects of type 1 diabetes can not be reversed. Although there is no cure, individuals can most certainly manage and control their symptoms. Through various lifestyle changes and supplementation, individuals can live long, healthy lives.
The Role of Insulin and Glucose in Type 1 Diabetes
We do not fully understand the exact cause of type 1 diabetes. Unlike type 2, which is commonly associated with poor lifestyle choices and obesity, type 1 is believed to be caused by genetics, triggered by environmental factors, or through viruses.
Basically, when you suffer form type 1 diabetes, your immune system accidentally destroys cells that produce insulin. These are referred to as islet cells and are found within your pancreas. When these cells are destroyed, your body can no longer produce or utilize insulin.
When you eat food, your body breaks it down for energy, in the form of glucose. Insulin helps glucose enter your cells, so that you can enhance your overall energy levels; while decreasing the level of sugar in your blood. Basically, it promotes balance.
When you suffer from type 1 diabetes, there is no insulin to help with this process. Since glucose is not being used within your cells, it builds up in your bloodstream. The key difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, is that in type 2, islet cells are still working. However, the body becomes resistant to insulin or one’s pancreas is not producing enough insulin.
Potential Complications of Type 1 Diabetes
As mentioned, you can live a healthy and fulfilling life with type 1 diabetes. The key is managing your blood sugar, so that all of your internal systems are balanced and functioning properly. It is our goal to help you avoid the following complications. However, if you are currently suffering from any of these complications, we offer further support.
- Eye Damage and Vision Loss: When you suffer from diabetes, you are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma. The same is true for cataracts, as you are 60% more likely to experience this condition (where your vision becomes blurred and cloudy). We provide eye and vision support, helping you maintain and manage your eye health.
- Heart and Cardiovascular Health: Not only are diabetics more prone to high blood pressure, but heart disease as well. Diabetics are at risk for peripheral arterial disease, where blood flow becomes obstructed. Poor blood flow is of course a key risk factor regarding strokes and heart attacks. This is why we provide heart support.
- Kidney Damage: When you experience consistently high blood sugar, your kidneys can become overwhelmed. Their job is to eliminate waste from our bloodstream. Due to complications with blood sugar levels, kidneys can lose their ability to filter waste. This can create a buildup of waste products in the blood, kidney damage, and even kidney failure. We provide kidney support, so that you can maintain your health.
- Nerve Damage: Also known as neuropathy, individuals with diabetes experience pain, numbness, or tingling in their arms, legs, and feet. This is typically due to poor circulation. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, we can provide support for pain relief.
How Can Supplementation Help?
For individuals affected by type 1 diabetes, insulin treatment will be needed for life. Unlike type 2 diabetes, where insulin production can be improved, there is no insulin being produced. Although insulin-dependent, individuals with type 1 diabetes can highly benefit from supplementation.
There are many factors regarding a diabetic’s health. When you have type 1 diabetes, your main concern will be controlling and balancing your blood sugar. Many diabetics suffer from nerve, heart, kidney, weight, or eye complications. These complications are generally directed linked to one’s blood sugar levels. We provide supplementation that supports all of these areas.
When you effectively manage your blood sugar, you can help maintain a more stable, positive health. That is why ingredients such as biotin are so beneficial (as they help to balance one’s blood sugar). We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding supplementation and your diabetes.