Type 1 Diabetes (previously referred to as Juvenile Diabetes) has been around since ancient times, but patients always died shortly after diagnosis. I am glad to be living in a time where we are now able to live full, generally healthy lives!
Through an organization called TrialNet, tests are available globally to check whether a person has this gene mutation. I am encouraging my daughter to take their test.
After my diagnosis, I learned that the Type 1 Diabetes gene mutation is in my family history. I didn’t learn this until after my diagnosis.
For those that have the gene, a trauma or viral infection are common triggers for the initial development of Type 1 Diabetes. I had the flu immediately preceding my initial diabetes diagnosis.
It’s a fact that Type 1 Diabetes is NOT caused by eating too much sugar or by having a sedentary lifestyle. However, during the months preceding initial diabetes diagnosis, I drank A LOT of rum and was eating an unusual amount foods that spike blood sugar, such as pineapple and potatoes.
I asked myself this question:
If I hadn’t been consuming an abundance of alcohol and high-glycemic foods, would I have Type 1 Diabetes?
I think the answer is “yes” or “probably.” The gene and the flu were all I needed to initiate the disease. However, I wonder if my lifestyle at the time could have allowed the flu to compromise my immune system more than it usually would. I may never know for sure.