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Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes

November 20, 2009

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times as likely as white adults to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The disease is the fourth leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives, affecting about 16% of the population.

Now the disease is rising among Native American children.

According to our friends at LifeScript, symptoms of Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) are caused by the build up of glucose in the blood and the lack of glucose in body cells.

Symptoms include the following:

Weight loss
Increased urination (polyuria)
Extreme thirst (polydipsia)
Hunger
Fatigue, weakness
Blurry vision
Irritability
Skin infections
Headaches
Weight loss
No appetite
Anxiety attacks
Impotence
Stomach pain
Nausea, diarrhea, or constipation
Chest pain

For more information about diagnosing and living with Type 1 diabetes: LifeScript

To follow LifeScript on Twitter: @LifeScript

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Children, With Special Emphasis on American Indian and Alaska Native Children

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