Type 1 diabetes

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  • Type 1 Diabetes
    • What is it?
      • the pancreas does not develop any insulin which is needed to regulate blood glucose levels, therefore blood glucose becomes too high
    • Symptoms
      • feeling very thirsty
      • urinating frequently (particularly at night)
      • feeling very tired
      • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
    • Causes
      • usually inherited
    • Treatment
      • insulin injections
      • blood test with G.P. every 2-3 months (as well as checking it everyday themselves)
      • optician will carry out screening for diabetic retinoparthy
      • chiropodist for specialised foot care
    • Impacts on the patient
      • Physical
        • need to have finger prick everyday
      • Intellectual
        • increased knowledge of diabetes
      • Emotional
        • embarrassment
      • Social
        • may not feel able to take part in social activities
      • Financial
        • wages decrease due to taking time off work


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