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The Dangers of Alcohol Addiction and Type I Diabetes

Recently, more information has come about concerning links between alcohol addiction and Type I diabetes. Research now shows that alcoholism has become one of the causes of death regarding individuals who suffer from Type I Diabetes. This is an issue that could be easily remedied.

In the study reported by Medical News Today, they tested more than 17,000 patients in Finland who suffered from Type I Diabetes and were 30 years old or younger at the beginning of the study. The researchers followed these specific patients for an average of 21 years. In their discovery, the researchers found that a staggering 39 percent of deaths among patients who developed diabetes between the ages of 15 to 29 were due to alcohol- and drug-related causes.

Alcohol addiction can not only take a toll on your body by destroying your liver and causing seizures from withdrawal, but now it is known to cause diabetes as well. Type I Diabetes is a life-long disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar to enter cells to produce energy. Though there is constant research being done, there is currently no cure for the disease, but is something that can be managed. Common symptoms of Type I Diabetes include increased thirst or frequent urination, extreme hunger, weight loss, fatigue and blurred vision.

While drinking can seem like fun to many, the abuse and misuse that eventually leads to alcohol addiction is not fun. And what makes it even less fun is the thought of dealing with diabetes for the rest of one’s life due to alcohol addiction. The study also showed that survival of people with early onset Type 1 diabetes, who developed the disease by age 14, has shown improvement over time, while survival of people who develop the disease after that age has deteriorated since the 1980s. And many of those who develop the disease after age 14 are those who may be more prone to binge drinking and abusing alcohol. Many of these individuals are also college students whose focus should be on their studies and not on the after-parties and drinking. It is truly not worth the consequences that come with risking your health and body for a good buzz.

As many people know, the way alcohol is processed in the body is very similar to the way fat is processed, and sadly, alcohol provides just as many calories as food. By drinking lots of alcohol over time, a person is sometimes able to trigger their diabetes. So when someone drinks alcohol it causes their blood sugar to rise and if they drink a lot, it can cause their blood sugar to drop significantly. Many diabetics cannot drink alcohol at all due to the effects on their glucose levels.

Alcohol addiction itself can be a deadly disease, but these new findings show that alcohol can do more damage even after a person might choose to find help through an alcohol treatment center. Using alcohol or drugs at all is never a healthy way of life. Many times it just takes a few times of using alcohol or drugs to become addicted to the substance and wanting more. For those suffering with an alcohol addiction, it is never too late to seek help and get better. Struggling with the disease of addiction is hard enough without having to deal with the lifelong disease of diabetes, as well.

It is extremely important that young adults focus more on becoming an asset to society instead of binging on alcohol and taking the risk of being diagnosed with Type I Diabetes later on in life.  By abusing alcohol early in life, a person ends up destroying their pancreas. Not only do people with Type I Diabetes have to take medication for the rest of their life, but they also have to deal with problems that can occur with having diabetes. Some of those problems include damage to the kidneys, to the retina and to various nerves.

 The great thing about finding out this information now is that it is never too late to take control of this disease known as alcoholism. Through an alcohol treatment center such as Vista Taos, those struggling with an alcohol addiction can find relief, solace and therapy that will ultimately lead them to an alcohol-free happier and healthier lifestyle. Giving up alcohol is not easy and takes a lot of commitment in order to conquer the addiction. But wouldn’t someone rather live an alcohol-free life than struggle with alcoholism and the threat of lifelong diabetes?

Now is the time to take control of life and what can be part of the future. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction, please contact Vista Taos Renewal Center today for more information on how to live an alcohol-free life.

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