Even though Type 1 diabetes is often called ‘juvenile’ diabetes it can occur at any age.
According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), “Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age. However, it is most commonly diagnosed from infancy to late 30s.”
Type 1 diabetes is often considered a more severe form of diabetes. Unfortunately, it normally goes undiagnosed. The symptoms in a younger person can be confused for other illnesses. The symptom list is similar to type 2 diabetes, but when ignored in a younger person can lead to tragedy. The following symptoms should raise a red flag:
· Extreme thirst
· Drowsiness and Lethargy
· Sudden vision changes
· Fruity, sweet odor on breath
· Heavy labored breathing
· Stupor on unconsciousness
· Sudden weight loss
· Increased appetite
If you notice one or more of these symptoms bring it to the attention of the doctor. Discuss the possibility of type 1 diabetes. In this case, ignorance is NOT bliss.
JDRF defines type 1 diabetes as the following, “when a person’s pancreas produces little to no insulin, and the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.”
A difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is type 2 can at times be controlled with lifestyle changes and an oral medication. Whereas, type 1 diabetes patients’ MUST inject insulin and at times have insulin regulated through an insulin pump.
The treatment of type 1 requires a fine balance of insulin because instigating factors can oscillate throughout the day. Too much insulin and the body’s blood sugar can drop to a dangerously low level and can be life-threatening.
Living with type 1 diabetes can be a struggle but not impossible. Your health care provider can help create a manageable plan for a healthy life.
Reference: Type 1Diabetes Info. Accessed at:
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Accessed on: October 31, 2017