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Type 1 Diabetes: A Close Look

Type 1 Diabetes: A Close Look

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. At the Primary Care Centers of Texas, our mission is to shed light on this complex disease and provide resources for managing it effectively.

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Understanding Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that typically begins in childhood but can occur at any age. It involves an autoimmune reaction, where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This leads to little or no insulin production, making it hard for the body to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body where it can be used as energy.

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease that typically begins in childhood but can occur at any age. It involves an autoimmune reaction, where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This leads to little or no insulin production, making it hard for the body to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body where it can be used as energy.

The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes can include frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, and in some cases, diabetic ketoacidosis which is a serious complication. If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek medical help immediately.

Managing Type 1 Diabetes

Management of Type 1 diabetes involves a delicate balance of insulin therapy, diet, exercise, and regular blood sugar monitoring.

  • Insulin Therapy: Since your body isn’t producing insulin, it will need to be replaced. This is typically done through daily injections or an insulin pump.
  • Diet and Exercise: A healthy diet and regular physical activity can help manage your blood sugar levels and prevent complications.
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring: Regular monitoring of your blood sugar levels is crucial to ensure they are within your target range.

Support at Primary Care Centers of Texas

At Primary Care Centers of Texas, we’re committed to supporting patients with Type 1 diabetes. We offer a diabetes management program that includes regular medical check-ups, personalized treatment plans, and education about living with Type 1 diabetes. Remember, while Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition, with the right support and management, you can live a healthy, fulfilling life.

To learn more or to set up an appointment, feel free to reach out to us at (832) 695-9400 or drop an email at [email protected]. Alternatively, you’re always welcome to visit us in person at 1259 FM 1463, Suite 400 Katy, TX 77494. Open from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Ranga Kattegummula, MD

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Ranga Kattegummula, MD

Dr. Ranga Kattegummula is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been providing comprehensive medical care to his patients for more than two decades. He is an ardent believer of an integrated approach to health and wellness; furthermore, Dr. Kattegummula believes in proactively managing one’s wellbeing, not just preventing or treating an illness.

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