Developing Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Essay

798 Words Jan 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Hannah is a 10 year old female who has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus. She is active in sports and plays on her school volleyball team. Type 1 diabetes mellitus is the body’s inability to make the hormone insulin which is the substance that allows glucose to cross the cell wall where it will be used by the cell to create ATP. Prior to diagnosis Hannah may have showed the symptoms of being very thirsty, very hungry, urinating often, losing weight without trying, tiredness, dry itchy skin, losing feeling or tingly feeling in feet and blurry eyesight (Medline Plus 2015). Hannah may have appeared ill and even had a seizure that lead to her parents taking her to the doctor or the emergency room. The risk of developing type 1 diabetes is increased by the mutation of the HLA-DQA1, HLA-DQB1 and HLA-DRB1 genes (Genetics Home Reference 2013), which provides direction on protein production needed in the immune system. Type 1 diabetes is a condition that a person is predestined for at birth and cannot do anything to prevent its onset. Once the body loses the ability to produce insulin it cannot be reversed. Once a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes they will be spending a lot of time with doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals learning how to manage their condition. A person with diabetes also needs to continuously check their blood glucose level using a glucose meter. To use the glucose meter the patient needs a lancet to prick their finger and a…

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