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Added August 01, 2013

Type One Diabetes Symptoms

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Type 1 Diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is a disorder of the body's immune system. We all have a pancreasand this is where the disease works. The pancreas job is to produce insulin. Insulin helps your body move the glucose (sugar) contained in food into cells throughout the body. Your body uses glucose for energy. A Type 1 diabetic does not have a properly working pancreas, and it cannot produce insulin. The glucose stays in the blood and can cause serious damage to the body's organ systems.

Diabetes is a very serious disease and effects many children and adolescents. It's not something that you can grow out of either.

People with Type 1 diabetes must inject themselves with insulin everyday in order to maintain healthy levels of insulin. Before they inject themselves, they have to test their blood sugar levels. Through years of instruction and practice, diabetics use their blood sugar level in order to calculate how much insulin they need. The insulin regulates their blood sugar levels.

Diabetics have to take extra care in their food intake and exercise. In order to keep their blood sugar at healthy levels, they must watch everything they eat. Eating food with too much sugar can cause their blood sugar to rise, making them feel anxious and hyper. Not eating can cause them to feel tired and sluggish. Type one diabetes symptoms include:

  • extreme thirst
  • frequent urination
  • sudden changes in vision
  • drowsiness
  • heavy breathing
  • increased appetite, or weight loss

If you think you or someone you know may have diabetes, you should call a doctor immediately.

Diabetes can be controlled. Diabetics can have children, play sports, and go away to college, but they have to take extra care of their bodies. If they do, they can have normal, healthy lives.

There is no cure for diabetesyet! With the help of many generous people, years have gone into researching for a cure. November is National Diabetes Month. You can help finding a cure a reality by donating or raising money or volunteering.

Check out the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation at You can find out how to make a difference!

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Posted January 21, 2013
i have all of those simptoms dose that mean that im type 1 diabetic pleaseeeeeeeee awnser me some one im scared even one of my grand parents noticed that i was drinking alot and even asked my mom if ive been tested should i tell my mom that i think that i need a test or that i think i have diabeties pleaseeeeeeeee i need awnsers
Posted October 18, 2011
@IzzBee your right I have Type 1 diabetes. And whenever someone finds out I'm a diabetic there like" So you can't have sweets" Sometimes it's annoying. But I think that because of this so called disease I will be healthier than most people.
Posted June 23, 2011
Im a type 1 diabetic too! I know how you feel, getting asked all these questions. I don't have to inject my self any more, I have an insulin pump, which sends insulin into my body by a tube. Diabetes is hard to live with at first, but you get the hang of it eventually
Posted July 31, 2011
edancer, all i have for symptoms is is frequent urination does that still mean i might have type 1 diabetes? please get back too me soon.
Posted October 18, 2011
@Mangogirl I don't think that ur frequent urination is Diabetes you might be drinking to much water in a day. But I think u should just tell ur parents just 2 b sure.
Posted June 20, 2011
This is a great article. I am a Type I Diabetic, and I have to deal with the questions pretty much every day. One common misconception with Diabetes is that we can't eat anything with sugar in it. If that were true, we wouldn't be able to eat ANYTHING. It's mostly carbohydrates (carbs). No, we didn't get it because we were, or are, fat. That has nothing to do with it. In fact, in some ways, we are healthier than average because we have to watch what we eat. We can do anything anyone else can. The best way to find out about this, is to ask your doctor. Or, if you have friends with Diabetes, ask them. Don't push if your friends don't want to answer though. This can be a tender subject for some. Thanks for posting this! It will really help people understand!
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