Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

Signs and Symptoms

I would like to share with you the common symptoms of type 1 diabetes that often get written off as something non-serious.

1. Frequent urination
2. Excessive thirst
3. Fruity or winelike smelling breath (can also sometimes smell like acetone)
4. Excessive hunger
5. Blurred vision
6. Fatigue/lethargy
7. Vomiting
8. Labored breathing or wheezing
9. Sudden unexplained weight loss

Most of these symptoms are not too worrisome on their own, and most general practitioners are not trained in identifying and treating type 1 diabetes. If your child is experiencing these symptoms and you take them to the dr, ask for them to do a fingerstick to check blood sugar and/or a urine dipstick test to check for sugar or ketones in the urine.

IF these tests are done and the dr thinks it might be diabetes, go to the ER or hospital. As I previously stated, most dr’s are trained in Type 2 Diabetes which doesn’t usually require emergency care at onset because the pancreas is still producing insulin, it just doesn’t use it efficiently. With type 1 diabetes the pancreas does not produce insulin (or not enough) and the body will essentially starve to death because it cannot use the food for fuel and will start breaking down fat stores to function. The byproduct of the body burning fat for fuel are called ketones and they can cause the blood to become acidic (ketoacidosis) Organ damage or failure can result if diabetes is left untreated, especially the kidneys.

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