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