Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms Can Come On Suddenly
|Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms - Recognizing the symptoms
particular to type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes symptoms are often dramatic and can come on suddenly. In type 1 diabetes the pancreas, a gland behind the stomach, ceases to make insulin. Without insulin the body's cells are unable to use glucose for their energy supply and so the body begins to burn energy from its fat stores (causing the breath to smell fruity).
The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not yet known but it is usually recognized in childhood or adolescence and often in association with an illness (virus or urinary tract infection) or injury. There also appears to be a strong family link with the disease and although it cannot be prevented, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important to managing type 1 diabetes.
An added complication of type 1 diabetes, caused by the extra stress diabetes places on the body, is the development of diabetic ketoacidosis. Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include nausea and vomiting. Subsequently, dehydration and a drop in blood potassium levels may result and without treatment this condition can lead to coma and death. It is therefore very important that type 1 diabetes symptoms be taken seriously and responded to urgently.
Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms - Recognizing the symptoms shared with other major types of diabetes
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination
- Excessive hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Slow wound healing
- Frequent infections and skin irritations
- Altered mental status and mood swings
- Head aches
- Leg cramps
- Blurred vision
If these are symptoms of type 1 diabetes, then they may occur suddenly and if they do it is important to seek medical help immediately. A simple blood glucose test will determine if the symptoms are due to type 1 diabetes.
Although there is presently no cure for type 1 diabetes, the disease can be managed with regular blood glucose testing, insulin injections and through maintaining a healthy lifestyle.