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The Sneaky Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - by Euro-American Connections & Homecare
The Sneaky Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes: What You Need to Know | Euro-American Connections

Did you know that nearly 50,000 Americans die each year because of being unaware or misdiagnosed with Type 1 diabetes? Although the cold winter months are behind us, making sure you are aware of the warning signs of Type 1 diabetes as the season’s change is key.

Seasonal changes indicate the onset of Type 1 diabetes, which peaks between October and January! Although the reasons for this are unknown, studies show that the occurrence of Type 1 diabetes in adults and seniors is becoming much more common during the colder months.

If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes, see your doctor for a simple blood test or ketone urine test.

What you need to know

Did you know that the symptoms of the onset of Type 1 diabetes can appear very similar to the symptoms of the flu? Similar to other diseases and illnesses that can can mask themselves as other conditions, what’s scary is that it hides the cause and real illness the individual is suffering from. What’s worse is that in cases of Type 1 diabetes, if you don’t get diagnosed quickly enough, leading to low insulin levels, it can lead to terrible consequences.

As many of your closest and family members suffer from the flu this season, make sure you are flagging similar symptoms in yourself and your clients as if could save their life!

Symptoms include:

  • Unquenchable thirst
  • Decreased energy level
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision

If left untreated, the symptoms can lead to:

  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fast, heavy breathing
  • Loss of consciousness



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