GLOSSARY TO THE WORLD THAT IS TYPE 1 DIABETES
When Harrison was diagnosed with T1D, we were overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge we had to acquire within a matter of days. As the weeks have passed we have compiled a quick glossary of words most helpful to remind us every now and then of what we are talking about. For parents with a newly diagnosed baby or kiddo, this might prove really helpful to you as well.
Type 1 Diabetes
Often referred to as "juvenile diabetes", onset can occur at any point but most diagnosis cases are below the age of 20. It is not preventable and certainly cannot be cured. It is a disease that renders the pancreas partly, or wholly, inadequate
Everyone experiences the dawn phenomenon, with or without diabetes. It is a surge of hormones experienced in the early hours of the morning which sees diabetics' glucose levels go up because they don't have normal insulin responses to adjust for this.
This is the body's reaction to extremely low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) by overcompensating, resulting in high blood sugars. It is also known as the rebound effect. It's when the body releases counterregulatory hormones such as glucagon and epinephrine, they spur the liver to convert its glycogen stores into glucose. This causes a period of high blood glucose following a period of low blood glucose most common in the morning after a night-time low.