Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. An auto immune disorder is any disorder where the body attacks it’s own tissue. Diabetes occurs when your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is elevated. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, which is a hormone made and secreted by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough insulin, does not produce insulin at all or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. Over time, having elevated blood sugar levels can cause health problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy. If you have suffered injury or health issues due to a diabetes misdiagnosis, or injuries due to diabetes medications such as insulin or Invokana you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation. Please connect our medical malpractice attorneys handling diabetes injury lawsuits right away.
Diabetes is sometimes referred to as “a touch of sugar” or “borderline diabetes.” These terms suggest that someone doesn’t really have diabetes or has a less serious case, but every case of diabetes is serious. And as if diabetes is not serious enough sometimes severe injury and death can result from taking diabetes medications or undergoing dialysis treatment. To discuss your eligibility for filing a diabetes injury lawsuit contact our diabetes injury attorneys for a free case review.
In the United States the most common forms of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can appear at any age. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day to stay alive.
If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. However, this type of diabetes occurs most often in middle-aged and older people. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.
Gestational diabetes develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, this type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born. However, if you’ve had gestational diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Sometimes diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy is actually type 2 diabetes.
Less common types include monogenic diabetes, which is an inherited form of diabetes, and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes
Diabetes is a condition expected to gradually progress over time. If type 2 diabetes goes untreated, the high blood sugar can affect various cells and organs in the body. Complications include kidney damage, often leading to dialysis, eye damage, which could result in blindness, circulatory system issues resulting in amputatioor an increased risk for heart disease or stroke.
Chronic conditions, like neuropathy (nerve damage), gastroparesis (issues with stomach emptying) can also develop. Diabetes mellitus can result in wrongful death if not accurately diagnosed and managed properly. Extremely high blood glucose can even lead to coma (hyperosmolar hyperglycemic non-ketotic state).
As some diabetes medications have possible side effects more dangerous than diabetes there have been thousands of mass tort lawsuits against makers of certain diabetes meds. In particular the medications Invokana, Invokamet & Invokamet XR are particularly dangerous. Unwanted, and fatal, side effects of from Type 2 Diabetes meds are:
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