Diabetes (Type 1)

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas stops producing insulin (this is a hormone that enables people to get their energy from food). This happens when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas called beta cells. This illness is not entirely understood, it is believed that genetics and environment are somehow involved.

Saints of God, if you have had someone past or present in your family who has lived with this, please make sure they see their doctor on a regular basis. There is nothing you can do to prevent this from happening. If you end up having this illness, there is nothing you can do to get rid of it. This illness has nothing to do with lifestyle. This illness can strike young and old and there is no warning; this can happen suddenly. This will cause you to be insulin dependent for the rest of your life either by injection or by insulin pump.

This is an ongoing challenge in life. You have to be careful how you balance your insulin throughout the day and night. You must check your blood glucose level by pricking your fingers for blood six or more times a day. Insulin is not a cure, this is what keeps you alive. With all the attention you give to this disease you still run the risk of dangerous high or low blood glucose levels which can be life threatening.

3,000,000+ people are not diagnosed and have this disease. 80 people a day are diagnosed with this disease and it costs 14.9 billion each year in healthcare costs.

Here are the warning signs

  • extreme thrist
  • frequent urination
  • drowsiness or lethargy
  • increase appetite
  • sudden weight loss
  • sudden vision changes
  • dry itchy skin
  • lost feeling or tingling in feet
  • having sores that heal slow
  • fruity odor on breath
  • heavy labored breathing
  • unconsciousness or stupor

Saints of God, it is important that if you are having any of these symptoms, go to your doctor and be treated. This is a very serious illness. The side effects include kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, heart attack, and pregnancy complications.

For the Saints of God who are living with this, you can live a full life with the proper diet and exercise. Check your blood sugar often, take insulin when needed, and don’t miss or forget to eat. God also has some things to encourage you as well. He wants you to be positive and remember He is a healer. You not only have to be physically strong but spiritually strong as well. Prayer and the Word of God are very important. Don’t give up, believe you can live a full life with God and your illness.

Here are some scriptures to uplift and encourage you: Proverbs 4:20-22, Proverbs: 17:22, Isaiah: 53:5, 3 John: 1:2, Psalms: 46:10 (A)

We at The Worship Center are praying for you, will pray with you, and will encourage you along this journey.

Be Blessed