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National Diabetes Awareness Month Day 28

Today, I spent the day with three, wonderful women. All three had children with Type 1 diabetes. The first woman's daughter has had diabetes for 6 years. The second woman's daughter has had it for a little over a year. The third lady's son has had it for three months. It was so nice to speak openly about the responsibility level of taking care of child with a life threatening disease. As "D-moms", we try to down-play the level of intensity to our children, friends and even our family members but together we can let our guard down and compare notes, share, plan and help one another. These friendships are priceless and sacred to me. Thanks ladies for helping me today. 

The woman who's son was just recently diagnosed, said she diagnosed his diabetes because of reading a blog. It was a funny mom blog where the mom had a daughter with diabetes. She said the woman casually mentioned her daughter's diabetes in certain posts and she remembered the symptoms. That inspired me to put this post out tonight. If not caught, Type 1 diabetes can lead to seizure, coma or death. If I can save at least one life, then my life will be complete. Please, remember a couple of things.

1) These are symptoms, if you suspect them please go see your doctor right away. Type 1 diabetes doesn't wait for a good day. It is an emergent situation. 

2) If anyone you love doesn't have these symptoms, please keep them in the back of your mind. If you know the symptoms, you may catch it early for a loved one. 

3) Adults can get Type 1 also. Weight loss, going to the bathroom a lot and extreme thirst are two major clues. Plus all the others listed below.

4) Please understand I am only trying to make sure you are aware of the symptoms. Don't let me freak you out. :) 

Here are the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes from JDRF. 

Warning Signs for Type 1 Diabetes 

November is National Diabetes Awareness MonthKnowing the warning signs for type 1 diabetes (T1D) could save a life.

Warning signs of T1D (these may occur suddenly):
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness

If you or someone you love exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call a doctor immediately. 

Education about the symptoms of T1D is critical because type 1 can easily be mistaken for more common illnesses, such as the flu. 

JDRF has literature which lists the symptoms and treatments of type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)--available for download here.

Each year, more than 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with T1D; 15,000 adults and 15,000 children.

That's about 80 people each and every day.Misdiagnosis can have tragic consequences, including death. 

Knowing the warning signs of T1D can save a life. Please share what you've learned with everyone--family, friends, teachers, doctors. Until a cure is found, the more who know, the more lives will be saved.

Please, help JDRF raise awareness about the warning signs of T1D--a chronic, debilitating autoimmune disease that is most often diagnosed before the age of 30. As with many diseases, early diagnosis goes a long way toward preventing serious health problems, and even death. 

Here are the symptoms of type 2 from the ADA:

Type 2 Diabetes

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
I am sure your family will be fine but let's all prescribe to the idea that is better to know and not need it than to not know and need it. :) 

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1 comment:

Shari said...

This comment came from Stephanie. Sorry Stephanie, I accidentally hit the delete button instead of publish. Thanks for your comment. The symptoms make me shudder too and I sooo glad to hear you guys are doing OK! I have been thinking about you a lot and look forward to connecting soon! Shari
Eesh, it makes me shudder to read these symptoms! My little man got to the labored breathing and almost coma stage before we got him to the ER. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, and I look back now, a month later (almost) and can easily see all of what was happening, but we were so clueless at the time.

We're still new at the whole T1D thing, but I really hope to build close friendships, like the ones you speak of, so I can vent with people who understand! :)