The word ‘diabetes’ gives us a grim picture of the patient being injected with insulin. Though this is not true with all types of An Overview Of Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitusdiabetes, it becomes a reality when someone develops insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. It will be part of his or her daily life.
Most people think of diabetes to be insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, this type of diabetes is the rarest one. In the past, this type of diabetes was termed as childhood-onset diabetes or juvenile diabetes. However, it is also found among adult people.
How Does Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus Develop?
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is termed as one of the autoimmune diseases. This type of diabetes happens when the insulin-producing beta-cells of the pancreas fail to produce insulin. Why this happens is almost unknown to us. The beta-cells get destroyed for almost no reason and the cells cannot be grown back to normality. That is why when you’ve been diagnosed with this diabetes, you’re going to carry it along with your life. You cannot cure it for good.
This insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus can harm your body a lot by increasing blood sugar levels. This happens as the body fails to produce enough insulin to process sugar.
One of the common symptoms of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is that your glucose may give you “sweet” urine. You’re going to feel thirsty more than was normal for you. At the same time, you’ll feel the urge to urinate much frequently.
You need to keep in mind that if you leave insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus untreated for a long time, you may have so many complications that it may turn out to be fatal. To keep your blood sugar levels at normal, you have to inject insulin into your bloodstream. You may need to carry portable glucose meters so that you can prevent any glucose spike at any time of the day. The amount of insulin you’ll need would be recommended by your doctor.
Experiments are going on to cope up with the insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in a better way. One special type of implant is on its way. Medical researchers are trying to use the islet cells implant to help the body produce insulin. The cells are taken from a deceased person and implanted in the pancreas of the patient. In some cases, the patient’s pancreas accepts these donated cells successfully and starts to manage the production of insulin. However, there are other problems. A patient needs many more cells than a donor can provide. In fact, if two donors are ready to donate their islet cells, the implant may become successful. This is a real problem as such organ donations are not very common among us.
You might feel worried to hear that insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus should be managed throughout one’s lifetime by controlling the blood sugar. The good news is that it is quite manageable.