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Insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitis (Type I Diabetes) (Juvenile Diabetes) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitis (IDDM) is a chronic autoimmune endocrine disease that usually begins in childhood or young adulthood and is more common in females than in males. It is not the most common form of diabetes. IDDM accounts for less than 5 percent of diabetes in this the U.S.

IDDM can have a much greater impact on a person's life than the more common adult-onset form of diabetes, known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM). Insulin-dependent diabetes may be referred to as type I diabetes, juvenile diabetes, and diabetes mellitus.

Autoimmune disorders are caused when the body's immune system, which is meant to defend the body against bacteria, viruses, and any other foreign product, malfunctions and produces antibodies against healthy tissue, cells and organs.

No one knows exactly what causes IDDM. What is clear is that the body's own immune or disease-fighting system for some reason turns against the body's own tissues (autoimmunity). It seem probable that the immune reaction is set off by exposure to an external antigen and that the antibodies made are fit to attack the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. In some cases the antigen is a virus. In other cases it may be a food.

In addition to supplying the insulin which can be life-saving, the alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). Also enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

As with all autoimmune disorders, detoxification and dietary changes are usually helpful. For best results this should be done under the supervision of a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine.

The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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