Symptoms of Juvenile Diabetes
Juvenile Diabetes or Type 1 Diabetes as it is now formally known is the least common form of diabetes, and the most serious. Sufferers of Juvenile Diabetes are ‘insulin dependant', meaning they require an external supply of insulin via injection. This is because their pancreas – the organ responsible for insulin production – has, for one reason or another, ceased the capability to produce insulin.
Insulin is the chemical responsible for delivery of glucose (also known as blood sugar) to the cells, where it is then utilized for energy. The brain and nervous system, for instance, rely solely on glucose to function. If no insulin is present in the bloodstream to usher in the glucose, the glucose isn't used and finds itself flowing around the body and building up. This, after a short time, will have an adverse affect on a person and a person can find themselves becoming Hyperglycaemic – having too much blood sugar. This is typically the first of the symptoms of Juvenile Diabetes suffered in an individual yet undiagnosed, therefore it is of utmost importance these symptoms are recognised.
Solid indicators that you are becoming Hyperglycaemic are extreme fatigue, increasing appetite and thirst, unexplainable weight loss, urinating more frequently, wounds and infections healing slowly, blurred vision, feelings of nausea, vomiting and yeast infections.
Once a Juvenile Diabetes sufferer is diagnosed and on a course of insulin, they face another danger. This is the opposite of Hyperglycaemia and is called Hypoglycaemia . This is where there is too little glucose in the blood, and because the brain and nervous system relies on glucose, a coma can quickly result and death. Therefore to prevent this, a Juvenile Diabetes sufferer must be very strict in what they consume, and ensure they partake in a good exercise regime. Also, a ready supply of glucose should be carried with them at all times along with emergency insulin.
If you think you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Juvenile Diabetes, if there is any doubt in your mind whatsoever, ensure you visit your G.P. as soon as possible and have yourself checked out.