Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can develop very fast and are caused by hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels). If a person has recently been sick early symptoms maybe overlooked.

If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your doctor right away!

Early Symptoms of type 1 diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability
  • Intense thirst
  • Being very tired

Other Symptoms of type 1 diabetes:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Blurred vision
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Heavy, labored breathing

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and/or think you might have type 1 diabetes, your doctor can do a blood test to measure the amount of sugar in your blood.

Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented but watching out for early symptoms and treating it correctly can help reduce the chance of diabetes related complications and give you control over the disease.

Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Living with type 1 diabetes can be challenging but with proper control and management people can live a very healthy life. People with type 1 diabetes need to monitor and control their glucose levels and:

  • check blood sugar levels several times a day
  • take insulin (either through in injection or insulin pump)
  • maintain a healthy diet and control the amounts of sugars and starches they intake
  • watch the timing of their meals
  • exercise regularly
  • work closely with a diabetes health care team

At its core, proper type 1 diabetes management is composed of a handful of elements: blood glucose control and insulin management, exercise, nutrition and support. It is important to keep blood sugar close to normal. Having high blood sugar can cause serious problems over time and can lead to nerve damage, kidney disease, vision problems, pain or loss of feeling in hands and feet, amputation, heart disease and strokes. Low blood sugar can cause one to have a fast heart beat, shake and sweat. People with very low blood sugar can get headaches, get very sleepy, pass out, or even suffer from seizures.

The Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center offers services, support, education, and events for those with type 1 diabetes.

The Herbert Family Program focuses on meeting the unique needs of young adults with type 1 diabetes (age 18-30s). The program addresses the financial, psychological, social and physical changes that challenge not only the young adult but also their family and support system. Also, the center offer its Sweet Success program to ensure a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby as it is essential to carefully manage diabetes during pregnancy.

CHOC Children's (CHOC) in collaboration with the Allen Diabetes Center now offers pediatric diabetes services including endocrinology care, education and support services for children with diabetes and their families.