Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes
General information about symptoms of Type 1 diabetes: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Furthermore, symptoms of Type 1 diabetes may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes: The symptoms of Type 1 diabetes usually arise over weeks and months, as compared to those of Type 2 diabetes that may take years. Although Type 1 diabetics can briefly see mild symptoms similar to the early stages of Type 2 diabetes, the most pronounced symptoms of Type 1 diabetes are usually the more severe symptoms of very high blood sugars and these progress quickly.
List of symptoms of Type 1 diabetes: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Type 1 diabetes includes:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination
- Excessive hunger
- Losing weight
- Blurred vision
- Muscle cramps
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) - a very dangerous life-threatening complication of undiagnosed diabetes.
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes: Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually develop over a short period, although beta cell destruction can begin years earlier.
Symptoms include increased thirst and urination, constant hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, and extreme fatigue. If not diagnosed and treated with insulin, a person can lapse into a life-threatening diabetic coma, also known as diabetic ketoacidosis. 1
Increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, frequent infections. 2
More symptoms of Type 1 diabetes: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Type 1 diabetes, underlying causes of Type 1 diabetes, associated conditions for Type 1 diabetes, risk factors for Type 1 diabetes, or other related conditions.
Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:
1. excerpt from Diabetes Overview: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Endocrine Diseases: NWHIC
Last revision: April 10, 2003
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