Type 1 Diabetes

A Life Threatening Disease

What system of the body does it affect?

It affects multiple body systems including the respiratory system, the urinary system, and the central nervous system. People with Type 1 Diabetes do not produce insulin, which is necessary to break down sugars and starches and convert them to energy.


Who gets this disease and what is their prognosis?

Check out the statistics at the American Diabetes Association website.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of type 1 Diabetes are:


  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more


How is it diagnosed?

Type 1 Diabetes is diagnosed through a series of blood tests including A1C, Fasting Plasma Glucose, Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, and the Random Plasma Glucose Test.


How is it treated?

While there is currently no cure for diabetes, the symptoms can be managed. Some treatments include insulin injections and diet and lifestyle adjustments.


Watch the video below to learn what living with Type 1 Diabetes is like.

4 Families talk about Juvenile Diabetes

Bibliography

4 Families Talk About Juvenile Diabetes. Dir. Dougneway. YouTube. N.p., 1 Nov. 2008. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <http://youtu.be/QbyFkau_m-Y>.


"Diabetes Basics." Type 1. American Diabetes Association, 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/?loc=DropDownDB-type1>.


Haggstrom, Mikael. Main Symptoms of Diabetes. Digital image. Wikimedia Commons. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <Common symptoms of diabetes: Urinating often Feeling very thirsty Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating Extreme fatigue Blurry vision Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)>.


Nemours. "KidsHealth." Type 1 Diabetes: What Is It? N.p., 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <http://kidshealth.org/kid/diabetes_basics/what/type1.html>.

Mrs. Heather J. Bridges, MLS

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