usually occurs in children, but can happen at any age
usually comes on very suddenly
requires insulin shots, or an insulin pump, because the body cannot make insulin
is thought to be caused by genes and other environmental factors (such as a virus)
accounts for only 5 to 10% of people with diabetes
Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes:
being very thirsty or very hungry
having unexplained weight loss
having trouble concentrating
feeling tired most of the time
urinating a lot (or bedwetting in children who have been toilet trained)
having blurry vision
cuts or bruises that heal very slowly
Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains may also be present in people with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes. If you have any symptoms, ask your doctor or health care provider to check your blood sugar (glucose) to see if you have diabetes.
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Diabetes and Your Feet
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Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers
Diabetes: Are You at Risk?
Diabetes Can Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke
What is Diabetes?
Do I Have Diabetes?
I Have Diabetes. What Can I Do to Stay Healthy?
Low Blood Sugar, High Blood Sugar, and Sick Days
Tips to Help You Feel Better and Stay Healthy
What is the A1C Test?
These materials are available from the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse at www.maclearinghouse.com/category/DIAB.html.
This information is provided by Diabetes Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.