How to Manage Diabetes? Type 1 Diabetes Management. Part 2
Continue on insulin therapy. Some people choosing to use insulin pumps to supplement the body with fast-acting insulin at a steady basal rate and to provide extra insulin after meals. Usually those pumps are belt mounted. But new types of insulin pumps are coming along. Some of them are directly implanted inside the body. The ultimate goal is to get the insulin pump which will be implanted and be able to deliver insulin to the bloodstream in right ammount as needed. You can see links related to insulin pumps for diabetes near this article.
In case of needle and syringe injection of insulin people can use a type 1 diabetes management plan that calls for three to four injections of insulin per day, or even more. This leads to fewer times when blood sugar levels are high. People who take shots this many times each day use a long-acting insulin to control basal blood glucose levels and fast-acting insulin to cover meal time. Fast-acting insulin is injected just before meals to work on lowering the bloodstream glucose rise that follows food digestion.
Another way to treat type 1 diabetes is pancreat transplantation. The body itself is unable to produce insulin in patients with type 1 diabetes so another source of insulin is needed. Patients with type 1 diabetes have experienced marvelous results from pancreas transplants. People with successfull pancreas transplants may no longer to take insulin and may have normal glucose levels in the bloodstream. In pancreas transplantation for diabetes type 1 patients part or all of new pancreas is placed in the pelvic area in a patient. Old pancreas stay intact to produce digestive enzymes even though it doesn’t produce insulin anymore.
The big downside to pancreas transplantation for diabetes type 1 patients is that the body treats the new pancreas as foreign. The immune system constantly attacks the new pancreas which calls for use of immunosuppressant drugs. Doctors do not recommend pancreas transplantation for a patient with type 1 diabetes unless the patient is also receiving a new kidney. In that case new pancreas transplant adds almost no risk but offers huge benefits to the patient with type 1 diabetes. Continue in the Part 3…
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