Sharon Schwarz, Certified Diabetes Educator from MUSC, discusses the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes.
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Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes Sharon Schwarz: It’s more than acute process, the parents may look back for the past month or saw and say you little Johnny has been more thirsty and he has been going to the bathroom. Some the symptoms maybe that suddenly his wetting the bed and child that’s been patty train. They are having stomached, they’re losing weight. So typically I mean it may go on for a few weeks to month or so but the parents are starting to know the symptoms or often times it’s the school nurse that will tell the parents. You know this child gets sense to me because they keep leave in the classroom because of bathroom ten and with that school nurses pick up on some other symptoms and then alert the family and they take him to the pediatrician. That’s don’t touch in a pretty early, some of the other children can still come and what’s call Diabetic Ketoacidosis that’s the much more serious level or more progress stage of data cell destruction. At that point the kids are making pretty much no insulin so they’re burning fat for energy and that’s why it’s called Diabetic Ketoacidosis. And then part of the fact breakdown is an acid, these kids are very sick it builds up in there blood and they are vomiting. I don’t know if you remember Abby that she throw up so she associates getting diabetes with throwing up. And that’s because the acid in your stomach can build up and it can make up very nauseated. So in thus look like a stomach virus, so we have to reassure the parents that certainly it can look like a stomach virus and it’s not your fault that you don’t catch this symptoms because it can very much look like that. The really with Type 1 Diabetes the symptoms are more abrupt, usually the kids are losing weight, they are thirsty, they are going to the bathroom a lot I mean they’re just eating everything in site that still losing weight. And then a little bit more progress, they can’t use any of that food for energy so then again they burn fat and that fat is not burn your stomach. So there are kids typically it can’t go on from you know prolong years because they’re going to have symptoms and they or may not end up in the emergency room or even intensive care with Diabetic ketoacidosis it can be very serious. Think goodness understand time we don’t see the dose from diabetic ketoacidosis that you had in the past but certainly can happen at the child doesn’t get the help that they need them someone doesn’t recognize the symptoms.
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