If you think that controlling your glucose is complicated with type 1 diabetes, you have to read what happens to people with LABIL diabetes.
Managing glucose is the biggest challenge for anyone with diabetes. Blood sugar levels are affected by almost everything. Even small changes in your routine can make them skyrocket or drop suddenly. But people with LABIL diabetes have an even harder time. Want to know why?
What is LABIL diabetes?
LABIL diabetes is a rare type of diabetes along with Wolfram Syndrome, MODY diabetes or Permanent Neonatal Diabetes (PNDM). It is a variation of type 1. But it has one main characteristic: it is very complicated to control. People with LABIL diabetes have severe episodes of high or low blood sugar and diabetic ketoacidosis. And they also have high insulin resistance, which makes it even more complicated.
Depending on how it first appears, it can be classified in two ways:
- Type A: In LABIL type A diabetes the structure of insulin or the receptor molecules is altered. This only occurs genetically.
- Type B: In type B the cause is different. Normally the person who has it has developed antibodies against insulin or its receptor. So this type is autoimmune.
No matter what the origin of this type of diabetes is, people who live with it need a lot of medical attention. For very drastic episodes they require hospital care. Some may even need a pancreatic transplant.
Symptoms of LABIL diabetes
At the time of being diagnosed, this type of diabetes shares the same symptoms as type 1 diabetes:
- Weight loss.
- Increased thirst.
- Increased urge to urinate.
- Diabetic ketoacidosis.
- Increased blood sugar levels.
As well as these, it has other characteristics of its own. For example:
- Nutrient malabsorption.
- High insulin resistance.
- Drastic variations in blood glucose levels.
- Impossibility to control blood sugar levels.
3 tips to manage LABIL type better
Although it is a difficult variation to manage, it is not impossible. Here are 3 tips to help you with the management of your LABIL type diabetes.
Create habits and establish routines
Have you ever wondered how elite athletes manage to get that level of training without dying while trying? The answer is very simple: by having routines and habits. Exercising regularly and eating healthy is good for keeping your blood sugar under control. Routines, such as always eating at the same time are also a yes. They will help you to learn how to manage your diabetes and how to keep it under control.
Keep a lot of control over your glucose
If with type 1 or type 2 diabetes it is important to measure yourself, with type LABIL it is essential to do it constantly. Since the basis of this type of diabetes are its big alterations, you must keep under control even the slightest change in your blood glucose. Maybe Cori can help you with this. It will be your virtual diabetes assistant and will notify you every time your levels change. All you have to do is connect it to your CGM!
People with diabetes are especially vulnerable to the dangers of colds and the flu, but there are things you can do to control your symptoms and avoid getting sick in the first place. You may maintain your health even when you’re feeling under the weather by constantly monitoring your blood sugar levels, staying hydrated, getting enough of rest, and adhering to your diabetes management plan. Additionally, you may lower your risk of getting sick and safeguard yourself from any problems by maintaining proper cleanliness, being vaccinated, and generally maintaining good health. Make sure to discuss any worries you may have with your healthcare team for advice and support if you have diabetes and are worried about managing colds and the flu.
Take your medications on time
Stick to your medication schedule and take them on time, no matter if you have LABIL diabetes or one of the more common types of diabetes. This is always very important to avoid alterations. If you ignore it, in the long term you could have more serious consequences on your health.