Symptoms of Diabetes Type 1 in Adults
If you’re wondering about the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes in adults, you’re not alone. Type 1 diabetes is a serious autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone essential to getting energy from food. It’s not related to diet or lifestyle, it can’t be prevented—and currently there is no cure.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes in adults may occur suddenly
It’s important to realize that early signs of type 1 diabetes in adults often develop quickly and may sometimes be brushed off—or mistaken for illness. Here’s what you should look out for:
Frequent Urination: If you’re constantly running to the bathroom, your kidneys may be trying to rid your blood of excess sugar, resulting in an increased need to urinate.
Extreme thirst: Increased urination can then result in dehydration, which will leave you feeling more thirsty than normal.
Increased appetite: If you’re suddenly hungry all the time it may be because your body isn’t able to get proper energy from the food you eat.
Unexpected weight loss: Along the same lines, if your body is losing sugar in your urine instead of absorbing it, you may lose weight without trying.
Other symptoms of type 1 diabetes in adults
Other diabetic symptoms in adults include feeling drowsy or lethargic; sudden vision changes; fruity or sweet-smelling breath; heavy or labored breathing; and stupor or unconsciousness. If you do have high blood sugar and it goes untreated, it could develop into diabetic ketoacidosis—a life-threatening condition. So please see your doctor immediately if you are exhibiting these warning signs.
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