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Diabetes the third most fatal disease in the United States killing more than one three hundred and fifty thousand people per year in the United States alone but millions throughout the world Over thirteen million Americans are being treated for diabetes along with another five million people with undetected diabetes Many health problems can be cured with correct treatments and medications but there is no way to cure diabetes Diabetes is a disease that will not go away but can be maintained Individuals who have diabetes want to make sure that they have the best information possible in order to make the proper decisions about preventing diabetes or maintaining their status Type I diabetes also called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDM is caused by the insufficient production of insulin It was once called juvenile diabetes or juvenile onset diabetes but it was given these names because everyone who has this type of diabetes has to be treated with insulin each and every day This disease can occur at any age but is most commonly seen in children According to the American Diabetes Association a study in 1993 put the number at six hundred and seventy-five thousand people who are diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 6 months half of them being children and teens under the age of twenty American Diabetes Association p8 The pancreas is the bodys natural source of insulin and Type I diabetes is caused by the destruction of cells in the pancreas If this occurs the individual will begin to have symptoms The symptoms for Type I diabetes are very distinct and can occur in a matter of weeks or just a few days Too much urination extreme thirst stomach pains vomiting fatigue blurred vision and a fruity breath odor are all symptoms of Type I diabetes In smaller children bed-wetting can become a problem due to the disease If individuals do not take heed to they symptoms it can
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