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Signs, Symptoms and Information about Type 1 Diabetes
My aim is to cover Signs, Symptoms and Information about Type 1 Diabetes. I hope to encourage early diagnosis and good blood glucose control for people diagnosed with Type 1 through awareness, articles, reviews on management, aids, and technology.
About Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition which can develop at any age, in the UK peak age of diagnosis is 12-14 years old with a large increase in the under 5 age group. Recently research has shown half of all Type 1 Diabetes develops after 30 Years of Age, (Ref) Almost 10% of all adults with diabetes have type 1, but it’s the most common type of diabetes diagnosed in children, type 2 diabetes is very rare in young people.
At present there is no cure for type 1 diabetes and there is nothing you can do to delay or avoid it. The cause it still unknown – sugar does not cause either type 1 or type 2 diabetes!
Type 1 diabetes is five times more common that meningitis in children, but diagnosis is often delayed. 25% of children will be seriously ill with Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) at the time of diagnosis. DKA is life threatening, it is therefore very important if you experience any symptoms to get them checked out as early as possible.
In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas, which is a small gland behind the stomach stops producing insulin – the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels keeping them within healthy range. If the amount of glucose in the blood is too high, it can, over time, seriously damage the body’s organs. Treatment of type 1 diabetes is always insulin which is administered either by injection or pump into the fat under the skin. The goal of treatment is to balance insulin doses with carbohydrates, exercise and other influences keeping your levels as close to normal range as you can. Type 1 Diabetes is a difficult condition to manage well, educating yourself is key to optimal self management and reducing the likelihood of future complications.
Type 1 diabetes can develop very quickly, especially in children, if you have any suspicions that you or someone you know may have type 1 diabetes, don’t delay, please seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Are you feeling tired, have you lost weight without trying, are you thirsty and going to the bathroom more than usual? These are some of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. If you have been feeling unwell and have some of those symptoms type 1 can be ruled out with a simple finger prick test done by your GP.
Going to the toilet a lot!
More so than usual
Unexpected weight loss