Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
Diabetes mellitus is the term used to describe the group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, or more commonly known as blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes was first identified about a thousand years ago. In those days, the disease was associated with two primary symptoms:
- Excessive muscle loss
- Urine that smelled “sweet”
The term “sweet urine” comes from the spillage of glucose into the urine due to the elevated levels, which in turn would cause the urine to smell surgery. Currently there are a number of diabetes clinical trials which are testing new technology and medications to be used for patients with these diseases.
The Rapid Onset of Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
Type 1 diabetes, or formerly known as juvenile diabetes, tends to develop slowly, but the symptoms of the disease can develop rather quickly over a short period of time. Type 1 diabetes symptoms are often mistaken for a stomach virus, because vomiting is common at the onset. An appointment with a doctor is highly recommended if several of these symptoms are present. It is important that a prompt diagnosis of type 1 diabetes be made if necessary.
Why do the symptoms of type 1 diabetes seem to develop so suddenly? Researchers theorize that this type of diabetes is triggered by a specific event like a viral infection. It’s an even t that causes the body to lose its ability to produce insulin.
Immediately following this event, there will still be enough insulin in the body to keep glucose levels normalized. This insulin is depleted steadily over time. At the point when there is no insulin left in the body, blood glucose levels will rise quickly and type 1 diabetes symptoms will present themselves.
Your Symptoms and High Blood Sugar
High blood sugar (glucose) levels can produce these symptoms in people with type 1 diabetes:
- Extreme thirst or dehydration
- Increased urination
- Extreme tiredness and weakness
- Wounds not healing properly
- Issues with mood or irregularly irritable
- Blurry vision
- Increased appetite or hunger
- Tingly feeling in the feet or losing feeling all together
- Young children may lose interest in their normal activities
When your blood sugar has gotten extremely high, it can produce the following type 1 diabetes symptoms:
- Rapid deep breaths
- Skin and mouth are dry
- Flushed face
- Breath odor that has a strong fruity smell
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Trouble keeping down liquids
Less Common Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
Health care professionals have also reported that the following could also be symptoms of type 1 diabetes:
- Rapid heart rate
- Unexplained weight loss – despite increased appetite
- Low blood pressure (these fall below 90/60)
- Below 97º F or low body temperature
These may not seem like type 1 diabetes symptoms at first glance, but let us explain. There is no more insulin being produced by the pancreas. Without that hormone, the glucose from food can’t be metabolized by the cells. The body is actually starving despite being fed.
Without metabolized glucose, vital organs can’t function properly. Type 1 diabetics are left feeling fatigued, hungry, and can also lose weight. The body then has so much extra glucose that it starts to send it to the bladder. This results in more frequent urination and increased thirst.
Spreading Awareness for Type 1 Diabetes
Unfortunately in the world today, there seems to be a significant lack of public awareness when it comes to type 1 diabetes. In fact, a recent survey showed that a majority of Americans were not aware of the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Further clinical research on diabetes will hopefully help to teach more people about this disease. There are many people out there who may not be aware that they are at risk of getting diabetes, and this is an issue that needs to be corrected. Further education and increased awareness will help many people to live higher quality lives.