‘T1DM’ is also known as type 1 diabetes mellitus. It is a type of diabetes. Most sufferers who have them are healthy, active people who maintain proper diet. Often times, they are positive people too. So why does ‘T1DM’ seem to affect them only?
Even young children and young adults make up the majority of type 1 diabetes sufferers globally. The good news is you can do a lot in minimizing the complications and problems that come in your way. In fact, everyone can live a better life even with ‘T1DM’.
A fact about ‘T1DM’
This diabetes variant cannot be cured at the moment. But in future medical advancements, this should change. This is because of scientific breakthroughs like the stem cells research.
What really is ‘T1DM’?
Doctors call them an autoimmune disease. As you and I know, everyone has their own immune system. An immune system protects your body from bacteria and viruses. However, in the case of autoimmunity, the body mistakenly acts against your very own cells and tissues!
How it really works
In ‘T1DM’, autoimmunity causes our white blood cells to destroy our insulin. Insulin is a hormone responsible for regulating storage of glycogen (liver) and accelerating oxidation of sugar (cells). This is a problem as the human body needs glycogen or energy to survive. Without sufficient insulin, the body cannot produce much energy or glycogen.