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Type 1 Diabetes Signs and Symptoms

Type 1 diabetes (or insulin-dependent-diabetes mellitus) occurs when the pancreas loses its ability to produce insulin, leading to excessive levels of glucose in the blood. Type 1 diabetes usually starts at an early age, and affects 5 to 10 percent of people with diabetes.  There are people with a genetic susceptibility to Type 1 diabetes. However, even people with no family history of the disease can develop it. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes are as follows:

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Increased and continuous thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Feelings of extreme hunger and a constant desire to eat, even if your stomach is full
  • Weight loss without dieting
  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • After a period of losing weight, rapid weight gain
  • Slower healing of cuts and abrasions
  • Frequent infections
  • Bedwetting in children

signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes

Ketoacidosis – a life-threatening situation that can occur with advanced Type 1 diabetes includes the symptoms above plus these ones:

  • Seizures
  • Mental confusion
  • Deep, rapid breating
  • Breath that smells “medicinal”

Type 1 diabetes occurs as a result of either a viral trigger, an environmental agent, or even a highly stressful life event can trigger the destruction of insulin-producing cells in susceptible individuals.

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