What Are Early Signs Of Type 1 Diabetes?

Diabetes is a health condition that is chronic.  It affects how a persons body turns food into energy.

The food that you eat is broken down into sugar.  This sugar is called glucose and it is released into your bloodstream.  When there is an increase in blood sugar, the pancreas is signaled to release insulin.  Insulin allows the blood sugar into your body’s cells to use as energy.

When a person has diabetes, a person’s body doesn’t make enough insulin or it cannot use it as efficiently.  If there isn’t enough insulin or if cells stop responding to insulin, then too much blood sugar will stay in the blood stream.  This becomes hazardous. It can lead to vision loss, kidney disease and heart disease.

There are three different types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 Diabetes – People who have type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin.  Their immune systems attack and destroy the cells in their pancreas that makes insulin.
  • Type 2 Diabetes – People who have type 2 diabetes do not make or use insulin well.
  • Gestational Diabetes – Gestational diabetes occurs in some women during pregnancy.  Usually, this form of diabetes goes away after a baby is born.  However, if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life increases.

It is important to be able to tell the early signs and symptoms of diabetes.  Here is what to look out for with type 1 diabetes.

Early signs of Type 1 Diabetes

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Irritability
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Excessive Hunger
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Nausea
  • Darkening of skin in areas of body creases
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands or feet
  • Breath that smells sweet, fruity or acetone
  • Skin infections
  • Frequent Urination
  • Dry Mouth
  • Itchy Skin
  • Blurred Vision

If you are experiencing a mix of these symptoms, then you should call your doctor immediately.  Unfortunately there is no cure for diabetes.  Some lifestyle changes can help.  Also, being under the care of a physician and take medicine will help keep things under control.



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