Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects the production of insulin and affects how your body deals with the extra blood glucose that builds up in the blood stream. Type 1 diabetes can strike both adults and children at any age. Currently, over 200,000 youth are living with Type 1 diabetes and over 1,000,000 adults. Typically, 40,000 people are diagnosed every year in the United States with Type 1 diabetes.
When Type 1 diabetes is detected early, it can significantly reduce the risk of developing complications. This medical condition has numerous early warning signs; however, they sometimes go unnoticed because each can be indicative of other medical issues. Being aware of the warning signs of diabetes is the first step towards detecting this disease in time.
When you are suffering from the onset of Type 1 diabetes, you have a short window of time to get a diagnosis and begin insulin therapy. There are a number of physical warning signs that may occur suddenly:
Because your body is unable to regulate your blood sugar levels, this can make you feel grumpy and moody. You may become short-tempered or even mimic the symptoms of depression. When your blood sugar is under control, you may show overall improvement in your moods.
Being knowledgeable about the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes could save your life or the life of someone you love.
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