Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but most commonly is diagnosed from early childhood to the late 30s. In type 1 diabetes, a person's pancreas produces little or no insulin. Although the causes are not entirely known, type 1 diabetes is believed to be caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying beta cells within the pancreas and removing the body's ability to produce insulin.
Insulin allows the body to process sugar to create energy, without insulin, the body literally starves as it cannot process food.
People with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or have a constant supply of insulin through an insulin pump, just to stay alive.
Type 1 diabetes symptoms can include:
- extreme thirst
- constant hunger
- sudden weight loss
- frequent urination
- blurred vision
- extreme tiredness
If you think you or someone you know has these type 1 diabetes symptoms, call a doctor immediately, and drink fluids WITHOUT SUGAR to prevent dehydration.