Diagnosing Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is not well understood and this can lead to delays in diagnosis, with significant impacts upon health.

In the US 25% of new cases of type 1 diabetes have diabetic ketoacidosis at the time of diagnosis, which is a severe state of high blood glucose that leads to death if untreated.

The time interval between the early symptoms of type 1 diabetes and dangerous ill health can vary but it is not unusual for the disease to progress rapidly over several days.

In the case of my daughter various symptoms were experienced in combination or alone over a period of many months and were easily explained as being the result of a number of very stressful events in our family life.

Early identification of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes can save lives:

- extreme thirst
- excessive urination
- bedwetting in previously toilet trained children (of any age)
- moodiness
- irritability
- drowsiness or lethargy
- sudden weight loss
- extreme hunger
- sudden vision changes
- heavy or labored breathing
- fruity (acetone - similar to nail polish remover) smell to breath
- stupor or unconsciousness

If you or a loved one is experiencing any or all of the above symptoms please seek urgent medical advice.

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