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Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

My name is Diabetic Decipher! Here I will share my experience with diabetes and tips and tricks I have learned.

What Are The Initial Symptoms?

There are several different symptoms that could be experienced by a person with diabetes. A lot of the symptoms are things that you wouldn't think of being a big problem at first. Symptoms such as being thirsty, hungry and feeling tired are a few of the symptoms. Even people without diabetes experience these symptoms which is what makes it hard initial to dial these symptoms in as being related to diabetes.

"In many people the first signs of type I diabetes will be an inability to regulate water within the body which will be seen as excessive urination and thirst. At the same time, because the body is not able to take up the glucose that it needs from the blood to provide it with energy, the brain also triggers the need to eat and sufferers feel very hungry. Additional symptoms caused directly as a result of the failure of the body to receive the energy that it needs are a feeling of tiredness, as well as increasing nausea and blurred vision," (Saleh, Mohammed). Saleh describes excessive urination and thirst as being the first symptoms of diabetes due to the body not being able to regulate water.

"Other symptoms to look out for will include muscle cramps, which are often caused by an electrolyte (sodium, potassium, calcium, or bicarbonate) imbalance and numbness or tingling in both the hands and feet," (Saleh, Mohammed). Personally, I never experienced these symptoms, but nonetheless it is important to know that it is a possibility of happening. The more you are aware of what could happen, the better off you are at recognizing potential danger.

"It is also quite common to experience a drop in weight which may in part be the result of the body burning fat to replace its lost source of glucose energy, but which is much more the result of the body's loss of water. As it is unusual for someone with an increased appetite to start losing weight this is often a good indication of the presence of type I diabetes," (Saleh, Mohammed). Along with recognizing an other symptoms of type 1 diabetes, Saleh also gives the explanation for why this symptoms occurs. I personally had weight loss as a symptom, so it was interesting to see the reasoning for that happening to my body. He also clarified that it is abnormal for a person who is eating a lot to be losing weight. This is more common sense in my opinion but still it is another warning sign to look for.

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What Were The Symptoms For Me?

Being diabetic for almost a decade, I have learned a lot about diabetes over the years. By sharing my experience, I hope I can help someone else going through a similar situation.

I had a few main symptoms that stood out to me. First, I experienced frequent urination. I would go pee a lot during the day and during the night I would wake up 1 or 2 times to go pee again. This wasn't normal, obviously, so this raised some concern for my mom ( I was 11 years old at the time of my diagnosis). Another symptoms I had was very fast weight loss. Being 11 years old, I wasn't trying to lose weight. Let alone losing 20+ pounds in a matter of 2 weeks. This was also another very concerning symptoms I was experiencing.

My other symptoms I was experiencing (that weren't as concerning) included being hungry all the time and very thirsty. This is just as Saleh described in the section above as being the first symptoms you will experience when getting diabetes.

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It was hard for me to understand what was going on at the time, but my mom realized after putting all of my symptoms together that something was wrong. First, I started experiencing the weight loss. Then, toward the end of this, is when I started waking up in the middle of the night to pee. After 3 days in a row of waking up to pee, this is when my mom was over being concerned and took me in to get a checkup. Also, when I realized I had type 1 diabetes.

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