Juvenile diabetes or Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in people younger than 30, however, it can strike at any age.
In Type one diabetes the pancreas no longer makes insulin. As we need insulin to convert food into energy, it’s important to recognize symptoms right away.
Bobbi Hackma, RN, says, “Symptoms can be insidious or pretty sudden. The biggest ones are extreme thirst, frequency in urination and weight loss. Some other signs can be blurry vision or general fatigue.”
Diagnosing type one diabetics is fairly simple. Doctors can usually tell with a urine or finger stick test.
Treatment is a balance of insulin, diet and exercise.
“The problem is that the individual no longer makes insulin; the treatment is restoring insulin and unfortunately insulin is by injectio, and so an individual with type one diabetes would take anywhere from 2-8 injections a day or they may choose to wear an insulin pump device, where they’re getting insulin continuously. Another treatment is to watch what you eat as far as the carbohydrate content and to exercise.”

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