Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms – Recognize The Warning Signs

Type 1 diabetes symptoms are very similar to the symptoms seen in type 2 diabetes however the symptoms tend to come on quickly and are more commonly seen at a younger age. It is very important to consult your doctor if any of the following symptoms are noticed.

Type 1 diabetes symptoms and signs

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas does not produce sufficient amounts of insulin, a hormone needed to move sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells of the body. This robs the body cells of energy and because the excess sugar remains in the bloodstream damage to organs and tissues can result.

Common type 1 diabetes symptoms:

  1. Excessive thirst that is difficult to quench. Type 1 diabetics have difficulty clearing extra blood sugar out of their bloodstream and because of the extra sugar fluids are pulled out of the body to dilute the sugar. This leaves the person feeling thirsty.
  2. Excessive urination. Because the blood sugar levels are too high, excess sugar spills out of the blood and into the urine pulling water with it and leaving the person running to the bathroom more frequently.
  3. Excessive hunger. Body cells use sugar for fuel but in type 1 diabetes the sugar cannot move from the blood to the cells leaving the cells starving for energy and giving you a sensation of hunger.
  4. Unexplained weight loss. Even though a person with diabetes is feeling hungry and eating, their weight can drop because the muscles and fat stores are not getting fueled and end up shrinking.
  5. Chronic fatigue. One of the more common of the type 1 diabetes symptoms, tiredness results due to the body cells being deprived of sugar.
  6. Blurry vision. If blood sugar levels stay elevated, fluids get pulled from the body tissues including eye tissue, which can lead to blurred vision.

What to do if you notice type 1 diabetes symptoms

An early diagnosis is very important for the proper management of this disease. "Over time, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage."

Diabetes can also accelerate heart and blood vessel disease and the earlier treatment is started the less damage will be done to the body. Consult you doctor today if you notice the symptoms. Your doctor will perform blood tests to confirm the presence or absence of the disease.

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