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March: Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body gets confused and attacks its own normal cells.

There are over 80 known autoimmune diseases.


Women are at a greater risk to develop an autoimmune disease than a man.

Other populations that are more at risk to develop an autoimmune disease:

✔️Those with a family history

✔️Exposure to environmental factors

✔️Certain ethnic groups

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease-- it's irreversible, there is no cure (for now), and causes destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. This means, my #diabuddies need to give themselves (life-saving) insulin throughout the day via a syringe or insulin pump, in order to survive.

Insulin, when given in excess, can lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). We try our best to avoid this, but it's inevitable- it comes with the territory.

Low blood sugars need to be treated promptly and with fast acting carbohydrates.

Things I treat my low blood sugars with:

✔️ Fruit

✔️ 100% fresh, cold-pressed juice

✔️ @transcendfoods (which are convenient and easy to carry with you)

So, until there is a cure, please make yourself aware of the symptoms of hypoglycemia and how to treat it. You could save a life!

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