Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high.
It happens when your body can't produce enough of a hormone called insulin which controls blood glucose. You need daily injections of insulin to keep your blood glucose levels under control.
Managing type 1 diabetes can take time to get used to, but you can still do all the things you enjoy. This guide is here to help.
Type 1 diabetes isn't linked with age or being overweight – this is type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes:
Feeling very thirsty
Peeing more than usual, particularly at night
Feeling very tired
Losing weight without trying
Thrush that keeps coming back
Cuts and grazes that aren't healing
Type 1 diabetes symptoms can come on quickly, particularly in children.
Getting tested for type 1 diabetes
Your Doctor will do a urine test and might check your blood glucose (sugar) level. If they think you might have diabetes, they will advise you to go to hospital straight away for an assessment.
You'll stay in hospital until you get the blood test results. This is usually the same day.
If you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a diabetes nurse will show you the things you need to do to start managing it, such as testing your own blood glucose and how to inject insulin