Spouse of Type 1 diabetic

By josa0703 Latest Reply 2011-08-24 04:03:00 -0500
Started 2011-08-22 12:32:08 -0500

My husband has type 1 diabetes that was diagnosed over 13 years ago. It is very difficult to explain how he has type 1 without being born with it. How do you explain to people that type 1 can be an immunological response or that it's always been there just not presenting until a trauma occurs or that it isn't from drug or alcohol abuse. Are there many people that acquire type 1 through some kind of trauma? Or can substance abuse cause it.

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MrsCDogg 2011-08-24 04:03:00 -0500 Report

I don't think you should have to explain it to anyone. It's really none of anyone's business how he came about having it.

Type1Lou 2011-08-23 07:45:16 -0500 Report

The truth is, they are still trying to figure out what might cause a body to trigger an auto-immune response and destroy the insulin-producing cells. I was 27 when diagnosed. I had been separated from my first husband for about six months (stressful situation) and had a very demanding job (more stress)…don't recall now whether I'd had a cold or other infection prior to the diagnosis. My Dad had been diagnosed with diabetes in his early 60's so there was some history in the family. Was that also a factor? Who knows? As far as I know, there is not ONE cause. I just explain to people that my pancreas no longer produces insulin and I must give myself insulin, now via my new pump, in order to survive. With the tools available to us today and with the proper exercise and diet and drugs we diabetics have a chance of living a near-normal life. A supportive and loving spouse is a vital comfort and support. My husband is my hero and he has literally saved my life more than once. Bless you!

jayabee52 2011-08-22 15:31:58 -0500 Report

As I understand it, Type 1 can come from any number of factors. It could be an autoimmune response, it could come from an invading virus, it could come from the result of a surgery, There are probably more factors which could produce it. There is also "ideopathic" type 1 which means the Docs don't have a clue as to why the person with diabetes developed it.

Here are a couple of web sites about T 1: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/artic...

and http://www.umm.edu/endocrin/diabmel.htm.

Blessings to you and yours


josa0703 2011-08-22 21:45:15 -0500 Report

exactly that's what I have tried to explain to his family but they seem to think he brought it upon himself. I have worked in the transplant field for recipients and donors of solid organs for years and with all of the information out there and what I know about the immune system that I could give them enough information they would accept but they really don't. They assume his addictions brought this on, which could be true but it also incorporates that the body had to go through trauma to bring it about. That's my understanding. He may have compromised his immune system but he's body was already in jeopardy when he had his accident, it just activated the pancreas to not function and his body to attack itself.
I have read alot about people having the onset of a cold and then their body just shuts down and the pancreas fails to work. It's an amazing organ that is so critical to all operating functions of the body. Without a pancreas…there is no energy. Amazing organ. I wish I would have able to see a transplant in his future but that isn't going to happen.
Thank you for understanding it is quite different than type 2 which I have been very familar with. Type 1 is a whole new situation, that's for sure.
How do you deal with it…and how are you doing?

jayabee52 2011-08-22 23:44:02 -0500 Report

I deal with my type 2, Josa by not using meds, only by eating a low carb high protein meal plan. I started it as an experement in Feb 2011 to see if I could do it, and I continued because of my success. I keep my BG readings close to or at the normal range. My may A1c was 5.5 and I have to date lost about 50 lbs of fat.

for my diabetes I am doing great IMO. My kidneys, however, is another matter. They're declining ALMOST to the point of needing dialysis again. But since I've already been on dialysis for 10 months about 7 yrs ago, I am not afraid of it.

My emotional/mental health is better than it ever has been. So all in all I am doing well, thank you for asking.

How are you?

Blessings to you and yours


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