Anyone who’s ever even heard the term diabetes automatically thinks of someone having to inject themselves with insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in check. And for someone with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, that’s basically what they do every day.
Even though insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is the most well-known form of diabetes, insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is actually the rarest type. It was previously called juvenile diabetes or childhood-onset diabetes.
What Is Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus?
Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is a form of diabetes. It’s an autoimmune disease that, for reasons unknown, causes the body to destroy the insulin-producing beta cells that are produced in the pancreas. And the disease destroys those cells permanently, meaning that once they’ve been destroyed they don’t grow back. Once insulin dependent diabetes mellitus develops, you have it forever. There’s no cure for it.
Unfortunately, lack of insulin can do a lot of damage to a body. It causes a huge increase in the level of blood sugar in the body.
What Are The Symptoms?
Oddly enough, one of the first diabetes mellitus symptoms is “sweet” urine. The high blood sugar levels cause this. There is also a marked increase in someone’s thirst levels as well as their frequency of urination.
How Is It Treated?
If insulin dependent diabetes mellitus is not treated, it is fatal. People who develop this disease have to inject themselves with insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in check. They have to carry portable meters that are able to read their blood sugar levels as well as small doses of insulin that can be injected if those levels are not healthy. There have been some experimental treatment methods developed by they are largely ineffective.
Scientists are also working on something they call islet cell transferring. Basically, doctors take cells from a deceased person’s pancreas and implant them in an insulin dependent diabetes mellitus’s pancreas. The procedure has had some success – the patient’s pancreas often accepts the cells and sometimes even starts making its own again – but it also has many limitations: a living person needs more islet cells than a dead person’s pancreas can “donate” to them, so for every one person who needs the procedure, at least two deceased people are needed, and organ donors are in short supply.
Living With It
People who develop insulin dependent diabetes mellitus will spend the rest of their lives controlling their blood sugar levels. However, unlike some diseases, this one is perfectly manageable!
In this eBook, you are going to learn the 21 Diabetic Myths that many people may have heard and learn the truth about each of them.
I hope you gain some benefit from reading this short eBook. Many of the myths worry folks when they first become diagnosed as a diabetic.