TYPE 1 DIABETES
TYPE 1 DIABETES
MOST COMMON NON-PREVENTABLE AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE IN CHILDREN
This was written by her mother:
Her mouth always smelled like sweet corn but I ignored it.
She was always hungry and we thought it was bc of growth spurts. (Pediatrician said so)
She was getting really thin but again it was blamed on growth spurts. (Pediatrician)
She was always drinking water and I blamed it on the hot weather.
She would always fall asleep in the car no matter what time it was and again…..we thought it was just her growing.
What started to worry me was when her hair started getting thin…..and I decided not to listen to the pediatrician and asked to see a different one that day.
That’s when we found out that she has Type 1 Diabetes and her A1C was too high to even read but thankfully not in DKA yet.
Had we ignored these signs much longer, much worse things could have happened including brain damage and death.
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening condition that develops when cells in the body are unable to get the sugar (glucose) they need for energy because there is not enough insulin. When the sugar cannot get into the cells, it stays in the blood. The kidneys filter some of the sugar from the blood and remove it from the body through urine. Because the cells cannot receive sugar for energy, the body begins to break down fat and muscle for energy. When this happens, ketones, or fatty acids, are produced and enter the bloodstream, causing the chemical imbalance (metabolic acidosis) called diabetic ketoacidosis.
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