Type 1 Diabetes
The energy needs of our body are supplied by carbonhydrates, proteins and fats, the basic nutritional elements of our food. The most important of these nutritional elements, which are broken down to the smallest of particles in order to be able to be absorbed, is the glucose called plain sugar. Glucose is an important energy source for all organs of the body, especially the brain. The cells make use of the glucose they need by using a hormone, sectreted by the pancreatic gland behind the stomach. Food will not be able to be used as energy if this hormone, known as insulin, cannot be produced by the body. The sugar disease resulting from the deficiency of the hormone insulin is called Type 1 Diabetes. Whilst it can be found in any age group, it most typically starts during childhood and the early teenage years, and is therefore also called juvenile diabetes. Of all diabetes patients, who are estimated to number over 4 Million, 10% (400,000 persons) have Type 1 diabetes.
Why don’t Type 1 Diabetes patients benefit from Metabolic Surgery?
Metabolic Surgery allows the present but unused insulin in the bodies of Type 2 diabetes patients to be used. Type 1 diabetes patients cannot benefit from Metabolic Surgery since there is no insulin present in their bodies, and even if there should be it would be in too small a volume to be of use.