Type 1 diabetes symptoms

Type 1 diabetes is different to its more common counterpart, type 2 diabetes.

Whilst the major symptoms of diabetes are similar for type 1 and type 2, it is worth knowing the specific symptoms of type 1 diabetes as well as more general diabetes symptoms.

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The 4Ts - symptoms of type 1 diabetes

Some of the most noticeable and most common symptoms of type 1 diabetes are:

The main symptoms of type 1 diabetes are often referred to as the 4Ts of type 1 diabetes.

Other symptoms which may accompany the above symptoms are:

Emergency diabetes symptoms

Seek urgent medical attention if diabetes symptoms combine with any of the following:

  • A serious loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A temperature
  • Pains in the stomach
  • A fruity, chemical smell on the breath (most often likened to pear drops or nail varnish)

The symptoms above could be a sign of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a dangerous condition that can be life threatening if medical treatment is not provided immediately.

Around 1 in 4 people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are suffering with ketoacidosis at the time of diagnosis. Recognising the 4 main symptoms of type 1 diabetes can help to get a diagnosis before ketoacidosis sets in.

  • Read more on ketoacidosis

Reference: www.diabetes.co.uk