Type 1 Diabetes: Living With the Disease - Surgery
Surgery is not a routine way of treating
type 1 diabetes. You are eligible for surgery only if
you meet specific criteria.
You may have a
pancreas transplant surgery if you have had or plan to have a
kidney transplant or, in rare cases, if you meet other
You may have islet cell transplant surgery if you
meet the rules for being in a study. Islet cells transplanted into the liver
Pancreas Transplant Surgery
Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation
What To Think About
Pancreas and islet cell
transplants are very expensive. After having one of these surgeries, you must
take immunosuppressive medicines for the rest of your life to prevent your body
from rejecting the new tissue.
The success rate for pancreas
transplants has improved with new surgical techniques and new immunosuppressive
medicines. Islet cell transplants may replace pancreas transplants in the
future but for now they are experimental.
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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