Type 1 Diabetes and Health

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2023

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Turner, Emily

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Type 1 Diabetes is a rare autoimmune disease. Individuals with this disease are insulin-dependent; the beta cells of the pancreas, which secrete insulin, are destroyed by T-cells from the immune system. These individuals must take insulin to regulate their blood glucose levels. There is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes, but if managed well with support, insulin, and technology, those with Type 1 Diabetes can live long and healthy lives. Many factors affect a Type 1 diabetic’s blood glucose levels, such as glucose in food, hydration, hormones, amounts of protein and fat consumed, time of day, exercise, type of exercise, and even the weather. A review of available literature will be completed to investigate Type 1 diabetes in relation to exercise, sports, mental health, and necessary support, including medical, emotional, physical and relational. This information can spread awareness about Type 1 diabetes and provide increased understanding of the disease. (Faculty Sponsor: Ms. Noelle Tuttle)

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