7 Signs That You Could Have Type 1 Diabetes – Article Health
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually come without warning. Suddenly, someone can have unexplained weight loss, constant thirst and the need to go to the bathroom all the time.
Without insulin, sugar accumulates in the bloodstream. The kidneys, which normally reabsorb sugar, are quickly overwhelmed.
Excessive thirst, also called polydipsia, is a common sign of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As your body loses fluid by increasing urination, you naturally drink more to try to replenish what you have lost. "The amount of water in your body will go down and you will be thirsty," says Dr. Finken. Then you end up with a vicious circle: feeling thirsty leads to drinking more, urinating more and so on.
Unexplained weight loss
Without sugar to sustain them, starving cells begin to look for alternative sources of energy. Your body breaks down fat and muscles to use as energy, and that can cause rapid weight loss, even if you are eating normally.
Feeling tired is a symptom of type 1 diabetes that is easy to miss. "People often attribute this to lack of sleep or daily stress," says Dr. Seetharaman. "It's only after the insulin treatment that they feel better and they realize it was because of diabetes."
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