Hannas Dream For A Cure E-Newsletter

Finding A Cure

While insulin dosing allows a person with diabetes to stay alive, it does not cure the disease nor prevent the development of serious complications. High blood sugar levels can eventually damage blood vessels, nerves, and bodily organs.

Imperative For A Cure

Short-term complications:

  • Short-term consequences require immediate care and, if untreated, can cause seizures and loss of consciousness. These risks are intensified while the child is sleeping since glucose monitoring is usually discontinued and symptoms are less apparent.

  • Hyperglycemia – Nausea, fatigue, blurred vision, and increased thirst can occur if blood sugar levels are persistently high. This can result from eating too much, illness, or insufficient insulin doses.

  • Ketoacidosis – Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever caused by toxic acids (ketones) released when cells are starved for energy. Excess ketone levels may require emergency treatment.

  • Hypoglycemia – Dangerous drops in blood sugar levels from too much insulin, physical activity, or skipping a meal. This condition can cause seizures and diabetic comas.

Long-term complications:

Long-term complications from type 1 diabetes develop gradually. The earlier a person develops diabetes — and the less controlled their blood sugar — the higher the risk of adverse consequences. Eventually, diabetes may lead to disabling or even life-threatening conditions.

  • Kidney disease – One of the most common complications is slow deterioration of the kidneys and kidney function. In severe cases, kidney failure can occur. About one-third of diabetics eventually develop some form of kidney problem.

  • Nerve damage – Sixty percent of Type I diabetics experience nerve damage. The impact ranges from slight inconvenience to major disability to death.

  • Eye damage – Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina, potentially leading to blindness. 39% of victims experience some form of retinopathy within ten years of diagnosis. Most who contract retinopathy may experience changed or blurred vision although some may suffer severe visual loss or blindness.

  • Cardiovascular disease – Diabetes dramatically increase the incidence of heart attack, stroke, and blood vessel damage. In fact, about seventy-five percent of people with diabetes die from heart disease.

  • Foot amputation – Diabetes is one the leading causes of amputation of the lower limbs throughout the world.
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