Important: Juvenile/Type 1 Diabetes Awareness

November is National Diabetes Month

Jordan Weiss, a nine-year old Newton resident, passed away in 2003 from complications related to undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes. To honor Jordan’s memory, the JBW Fund was established by his family to foster awareness and education of the warning signs of diabetes.  Sometimes the signs are obvious and sometimes they are are subtle, and are often attributed to other illnesses.  The latter was the case for Jordan.

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.  Different factors, including genetics and some viruses, may contribute to type 1 diabetes. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults. Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure. Treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet and lifestyle to prevent complications.

Familiarize yourself with the warning signs. Knowledge is an important weapon against this disease and its complications.

Warning Signs of Type 1 Diabetes

These symptoms can occur suddenly and must receive immediate medical attention. 

  • Excessive thirst 
  • Frequent urination sometimes exhibited by bedwetting (in large quantities)
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss even though eating and feeling hungry
  • Sweet, fruity odor on breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue 
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Irritability/mood changes
  • Rapid, heavy breathing
  • Confusion, Stupor
  • Unconsciousness

Many of these symptoms can be related to other illnesses that are not associated with diabetes, so they should always be discussed with your health care provider. 

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