Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Spotting diabetes early

We have recently had a young girl who attends the pharmacy diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She is coping brilliantly with her diagnosis and daily insulin injections and her mum is so proud of her.

I was shocked to read that a quarter of type 1 diabetics are not diagnosed until they have reached diabetic ketoacidosis (KA) - a life-threatening condition that requires urgent medical attention. For younger children this figure is even higher.

Diabetes Uk are raising awareness of the early signs of type 1 diabetes - known as the 4 Ts.

 

What are the 4 Ts?

  • ToiletGoing to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child or heavier nappies in babies
  • Thirsty
    Being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
  • Tired
    Feeling more tired than usual
  • Thinner
    Losing weight or looking thinner than usual
If you are at all worried about your child having any or some of these signs, please get them checked out at with their doctor.

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