Diabetes Type 1 - Causes and Symptoms
Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes or insulin dependent diabetes (IDDM). Of all the people with diabetes about 10%of them have Type 1 diabetes.In type 1 diabetes, beta cells produce little or no insulin. Without enough insulin, glucose builds up in the bloodstream instead of going into the cells. The body is unable to use this glucose for energy. This leads to the symptoms of type 1 diabetes.
It is most common in people of non-Hispanic white persons of Northern European descent, followed by African Americans and HispanicAmericans. It is relatively rare in those of Asian descent.
Causes of Type 1 diabetes
Type1, also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a disorder of the body's immune system. This kind of disorder can be passed down through families. It is slightly more common in men than in women.
Environmental factors, such as certain types of viral infections, formula feeding beginning before age 3 months and exposure to certain food additives, such as nitrates and nitrosamines, may also contribute.
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes