November is National Diabetes Month
Teaching Type 1 Diabetes this November
Understanding Type 1 Diabetes
November calls attention to the over 26 million Americans, over 8% of the U.S. population, are now afflicted with diabetes. Everyday in America, 35 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. That is more than one child every hour.
What Are Some Symptoms?
Thirsty and Dry Mouth
Pain in Your Belly
Nausea and Vomiting
Unexplained Weight Loss
Fruity Smell to your Breath
Shaking and Confusion
Frequent Infections of the Skin, Urinary Tract, or Vagina
Heavy, Labored Breathing
What Causes It?
Genes play a role in type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes can result when something in the environment, like a virus, tells your immune system to go after your pancreas. Most people with type 1 diabetes have signs of this attack, called autoantibodies. They’re present in almost everyone who has the condition when their blood sugar is high.
Type 1 diabetes can happen along with other autoimmune diseases, like Grave’s disease or vitiligo.