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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks and destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas. This results in the pancreas being able to produce little or no insulin. Currently there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes and treatment consists of injecting insulin via a syringe, insulin pen or pump.
Learn about the six most common Type 1 diabetes symptoms below.
When you have excess glucose building up in your blood it forces your kidneys to work overtime into order to filter and absorb the excess glucose. This in turn produces extra urine.
Excess Thirst and Dehydration
The increased output of urine caused by high glucose levels leads to dehydration. This will leave you feeling thirsty.
Type 1 diabetes results in the insulin-producing beta cells being destroyed by the immune system. Insulin is crucial in converting the food you eat into energy. This lack of energy causes an increase in hunger.
Glucose that is lost through urine removes calories from the body. The excess urination leads to weight loss and the loss of water weight.
High amounts of blood glucose draw fluid from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes. This affects your ability to focus.
Tingling Hands and Feet
Too much glucose in your blood can affect the function of your nerves. This can result in tingling and numbness in your hands and feet. Sometimes people may even experience burning pain in your arms, hands, legs and feet.
These are the six most common diabetes symptoms of diabetes. The other common symptoms are; fatigue, slow-healing sores and frequent infections, red and swollen gums, nausea and vomiting. If you notice any of these signs or symptom, make an appointment with your doctor. Understanding these symptoms can help lead to an early diagnosis of you or a loved one. This means starting treatment earlier, which can help prevent the complications of diabetes.