Type Won with Type One

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Launch day for http://www.typewon.net!

Why Type Won? By never accepting limitations, I pushed forward toward goals that included becoming a tight-end for the University of Wisconsin and also playing in the NFL. Ultimately, my goal is to live a healthy life with type 1 diabetes. My desire is to help others accept, control, and compete with type one diabetes.

I was diagnosed at age 14 with type 1, but was determined not to let diabetes win. Embracing a positive attitude and not letting diabetes beat me, I gained an edge in managing this disease and in competing in sports.

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Type 1 diabetes is completely different disease than type 2 diabetes. Type One diabetes strikes at any time, and especially children and young adults, (though it can develop at any age).

Type One diabetes is autoimmune disease, that strikes when the body’s immune system declares war on itself, mistakenly reacting to the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign, and destroying them. The body is therefore not producing insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for life.

Without the required amounts of insulin to normalize blood sugars, sugar builds up in the blood. High levels of blood sugar causes damage to eyes, kidneys, nerves, and the heart, and can lead to death.

Treatment is required to keep blood sugar levels within a target range and includes insulin injections every day or using an insulin pump. Constant monitoring of blood sugar levels is a must.

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On this site, I hope to share ways that I am winning in the battle of type one and how you can, too.

No matter the severity of pain or the height of the hurdle, we all have the ability to adapt and flourish. Win or lose? It’s up to you!

Have a question? Please ask below in the reply space and I’ll either reply, or answer the question in a new blog post.

*SYMPTOMS OF TYPE ONE DIABETES: 

  • Frequent Urination
  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss, even if eating normally
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Irritability or quick mood changes

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