Warning Signs Of Type 1 Diabetes


Early diagnosis saves lives

Recognizing the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes is critical. Although Type 1 develops gradually, as the body’s insulin production decreases, blood glucose levels can become dangerously high once insulin production is outpaced. Symptoms may develop rapidly and can be mistaken for other illnesses such as the flu, even by doctors. A misdiagnosis can have tragic consequences.

Many people are familiar with Type 2 diabetes, but there is an under awareness for Type 1.

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Who gets Type 1?

Anyone, at any age, can be diagnosed with Type 1 — it is neither preventable nor curable. While the cause is unknown, studies prove that genes together with an environmental trigger result in the immune system turning on itself and destroying the body’s beta cells.


Early Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes

  • weight loss (despite an increased appetite)
  • unquenchable thirst
  • blurry vision
  • decreased energy level
  • frequent urination
  • a fruity smell to the breath
  • in children with no previous issues, wetting the bed
  • in babies and toddlers, heavy diapers

More Advanced Symptom

  • stomach pain
  • fatigue or weakness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • rapid, heavy breathing
  • loss of consciousness

What to do

If you recognize any of the symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. A simple in-office test for sugar in the urine is used for diagnosis. If that test is positive, then a drop of blood from the fingertip will confirm diabetes. Every day, thousands of adults and children around the world are diagnosed, but many go undetected. Early diagnosis cannot prevent Type 1, but it can head off potentially devastating, even fatal, health concerns.


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