Do you feel excessively thirsty and hungry most of the time? Is your vision getting blurry? You might be young and feel healthy but still have these signs. These are some of the early signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a common type of diabetes that affects youngsters and adolescents, too.
Type 1 diabetes is characterized by increased levels of blood sugar. The body uses a natural blood sugar called glucose for its source of energy, which is obtained from food. It stores the extra blood sugar, glucose, in the liver and muscle tissues, which is released when extra energy is needed.
Glucose enters the cells in the body by means of insulin hormone. Insulin hormone is produced by the pancreas, which is involved in the blood-sugar-level-regulating metabolism and is required for the blood sugar to be absorbed by the cells to be stored and utilized later. In people with Type 1 diabetes, this insulin production is impaired in such a way that there is very low level of insulin or no insulin at all in the blood.
Type 1 diabetes is seen to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks its healthy tissues. Genetic predisposition is also a risk factor and if there are people with Type 1 diabetes in your family, you have greater chances of witnessing the signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes
Increased blood sugar levels in Type 1 diabetes leads to certain signs and symptoms such as the following:
- Feeling more hungry
- Feeling thirsty all the time
- Having blurry eyesight
- Feeling tired all the time
- Numbness and tingling feeling in the feet
- Weight loss
- Frequent urination
Certain other severe signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes include the following:
- Deep and rapid breathing
- Dry skin and mouth
- Flushed face
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inability to hold fluids and throwing up frequently
- Stomach pain
- Fruity breath odor
Diet Planning for Those With Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes develops rapidly; the first signs and symptoms may be noticed when the disease has progressed to a good extent and the blood sugar levels are really high.
Immediate control over diet and putting a strict diet regimen in place can help counter increasing blood sugar levels and control the signs and symptoms.
Having a high fiber diet and avoiding inclusion of sugars in your diet can help reduce the severity of signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
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