Ask the experts
I have a family history of type 1 diabetes. How do I know if I have this condition? Can I have type one diabetes with no signs or symptoms?
Type 1 diabetes can be subtle or life threatening. Some people have no symptoms (asymptomatic) and type 1 diabetes isn't detected until blood or urine labs are run. If a person does have symptoms, early signs and symptoms are
- weight loss,
- thirst, and
- excessive urination.
Other signs and symptoms are
- an unusual odor to the urine,
- urinary tract infections (UTIs),
- yeast infections,
- unexplained weight loss,
- feeling hungry even after meals,
- stomach pain,
- swollen ankles,
- darkening skin round the armpits or groin,
- night sweats,
- blurry vision,
- fruity or unusual breath,
- hair loss, and
- generally feeling unwell (malaise).
People with type 1 diabetes may experience more frequent infections of the skin or respiratory tract.
Undiagnosed type 1 diabetes can become life threatening if a person goes into ketoacidosis (a state where an elevated blood sugar leads to other metabolic changes).
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