Diabetes Basics

Brittle Diabetes- Understanding The Problem And Its Solution

Diabetes is not just a very common disease, it is also one of those diseases which have a long list of variants. Brittle diabetes is one of these variants. It is also known as labile diabetes and is classified as an uncontrolled, type 1 diabetes. If you experience extreme swings in the level of glucose in your body, then you may be suffering from Brittle Diabetes.

Conditions and symptoms
People who suffer from Brittle Diabetes may experience both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. Generally this is caused by gastrointestinal problems. In most cases, this is due to gastroperesis. Though some cases of hormonal problems or adverse interaction with drugs have also come to light. If you experience a condition where the blood sugar levels in your body fall significantly, your thyroid might be at fault. In this case you should get tested for hypothyroidism. 

Causes of Brittle Diabetes
Brittle diabetes comes from the most unlikely of places. If you are suffering from problems like stress or clinical depression, you might get infected with this type of diabetes.  What is worse is that if you are suffering these problems, you might  not even know that you are getting Brittle Diabetes, before it is too late. To make the matters worse, studies have revealed that people who suffer from brittle diabetes tend to fall victim to stress more often than others. This becomes a vicious cycle - Brittle Diabetes causes more stress and as stress increases, people lose control over their blood sugar, further worsening the condition.

Victims of Brittle Diabetes
A number of studies have been conducted to understand the demographic that is most affected by, or is most vulnerable to Brittle Diabetes. So far two facts have come to light:

* People between age of 15 to 30 are very vulnerable.
* Young women, especially those who are overweight are the most vulnerable.

Treatment of Brittle Diabetes
Treatment of Brittle Diabetes is only effective if it includes treatment for both physiological and psychological issues. The process starts with run of the mill blood tests, which enables a physician to identify the levels of problem. Generally the first step is to use the standard drugs for treatment of diabetes. This is done in a controlled environment. If proper response is received, the next step is to identify and treat the allied problems.

You must understand that the psychological conditions related to Brittle Diabetes 'may' not be easy to identify. In most cases, it involves a lengthy analysis of the life of person suffering from the problem. If normal treatment is not working for you, your physician may refer you to a special diabetes care team. For people who have physiological reasons behind Brittle Diabetes, islet or pancreas transplant might do the trick.