Health Watch - Diabetes: Symptoms

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Type 1 diabetes, which is also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a disease with lifelong effects. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some research into treating or even curing diabetes. While there isn’t yet a cure available for type 1 diabetes, there are treatments that can help minimize the damage the disease does. That makes it important to diagnose it as soon as possible.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are destroyed by an autoimmune process. This makes it difficult for the body to regulate blood sugar levels. Patients must take insulin and follow a restrictive diet. Dr. Soumya Adhikari, a pediatrician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the main symptom to look for is excessive thirst or drinking a lot of water. People with diabetes may also lose weight, feel ill, be excessively tired, have abdominal pains or have vision changes.


February 2011

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