Signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children
alexoscarew | February 8, 2013 at 03:14 amby
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- Extreme thirst and frequent urination. As excess sugar builds in the bloodstream, fluid is pulled from the tissues, leaving a child with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes thirsty. As a result, a child may drink and urinate more often than usual.
- Increased appetite. Without enough insulin to move sugar into the cells, a child with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes can experience low energy levels, which triggers intense hunger.
- Weight loss. Unexplained weight loss is often one of the first signs of diabetes. Despite eating more than normal, sudden weight loss can occur in children with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.
- Drowsiness, lethargy. As cells are deprived of sugar, energy levels drop.