Type 1 Diabetes

I saw a tweet about spotting the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes and how you could save a child’s life. Are you Type 1 diabetes aware? Probably not, the symptoms are difficult to spot. If in doubt get a blood test, very simple and a possible life saver 

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, symptoms

Type 1 diabetes, symptoms

It is a Long Term Condition that affects people under 40, particularly chidren. It occurs when the autoimmune  system destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas. The body stops producing insulin and this leads to increased blood and urine glucose. The classic symptoms are frequent peeing, increased thirst and weight loss. It is fatal unless treated with insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is incurable. No one really knows why a few people suffer from it. Even with identical twins one can suffer and the other be OK.

Hypoglycemia or low blood-sugar level is a very common occurrence in people with diabetes, usually the result of a mismatch in the balance among insulin, food and physical activity. If someone with type 1 diabetes falls asleep or collapses then sugar must be introduced into their body. Chocolate or a sweet drink will overcome the problem by getting the blood sugar level back to normal. If the person has collapsed then call an ambulance.

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