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.
Who gets Type 1?
It strikes both children and adults seemingly suddenly, but there are often subtle clues of the disease often recognized in retrospect.
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes –
- weight loss, despite an increased appetite
- unquenchable thirst
- changes in vision and energy levels
- frequent urination
- a fruity smell to the breath
- in children with no previous issues, wetting the bed
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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