Type 1 Diabetes: How to deal with it!



Type 1 diabetes

I’m sure all of you by now know who Nick Jonas is (if not, you probably have been living under the rock!). He is an American singer and actor who is all set to marry Priyanka Chopra this week. Congrats to both of them! But we are not here to discuss their marriage, rather a very serious health condition that he was diagnosed with 13 years back.  

A couple of days back Nick Jonas took to social media to share a touching message with his fans to mark the 13 year anniversary of his type 1 diabetes diagnosis. He shared an image of how he had lost a significant 20 pounds of weight in just 2 weeks time when he was diagnosed with diabetes and after 13 years with a strict lifestyle and exercise, he has been able to manage his diabetic condition. He says that his early symptoms included constant thirst and hunger, weight loss, a poor attitude and the urge to pee at all times. In his social media post, he mentioned how “…prioritizing my physical health, working out and eating healthy and keeping my blood sugar in check” has helped him to stay happy and healthy now.

Here’s everything you need to know about Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is also known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes. It is a chronic health condition that has no cure but with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle it can be managed well and quality of life can be improved.

Facts about Type 1 Diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes is rare affecting just 5% of the world population.
  • It is a myth that Type 1 Diabetes is only a childhood disease. It can occur at any age and as per the records, there are more adults with Type 1 diabetes than children.
  • In Type 1 Diabetes, the immune system destroys cells in the pancreas responsible for producing insulin.
  • The glucose instead of moving to the cells starts building up in the blood thereby starving the cells of energy.
  • This leads to dehydration, weight loss and ultimately damages the nerves and the body. It can also lead to future strokes and heart attacks.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes:

Starting off with very subtle symptoms, they can get severe over time.

  • Excessive thirst at all times
  • Increased urge to pee
  • Dry mouth
  • Immense weight loss
  • Feeling too tired
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble breathing
  • Frequent urinary tract or skin infections

How to combat Type 1 Diabetes?

 Since type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition, involving in strenuous physical exercise is important when it comes to managing the condition.  It is important to balance your insulin levels along with your diet routine and physical activity. Nick Jonas looks and has been looking super-fit all these years and it is difficult to believe that he has been a patient of type 1 diabetes for 13 years. His regimen consists of strenuous training that includes running, boxing, weight-lifting and planks.

He has also emphasized the importance of balancing exercise with a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. “I love physical exercise and pushing my body. I think it's just about being honest and vocal with the people who you are working with, or trainers and friends who you might be training with, about the disease and how to take care of situations should they arise.”

He wears a CGM (Continuous Glucose monitor) for many years now to keep his blood sugar level at a constant check. And instead of using insulin injections, he wears an insulin pump to administer insulin that helps him manage his diabetes easily.

 

If your child displays any sign of diabetes, don’t hesitate, visit your doctor at the earliest and help him change his lifestyle and food habits so that he can manage the condition better. 

 

Also, read:

 7 Early Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

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