Know these 5 diabetes warning signs
In a post that has more than one million likes, singer Nick Jonas recently took to Instagram to reflect on the 14-year anniversary of his Type 1 diabetes diagnosis and shared how the disease has affected his life.
“This experience has shaped how I approach my health – working out, eating well and always thinking about my blood sugar and insulin needs,” Jonas wrote in the caption.
The 27-year-old has been open in the past about his battle with the disease, but he recently shared in an interview with Cigar Aficionado that he was close to falling into a coma at the time of his diagnosis due to his blood sugar levels being nine times higher than normal, People reports. Leading up to his diagnosis, Jonas lost a considerable amount of weight and developed a never-ending thirst for sugary drinks — two telltale signs of diabetes.
“Type 1 diabetes is an unpreventable autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce insulin,” explains Dr. Vidhya Viswanathan, a pediatric endocrinologist at Advocate Children’s Hospital. “It is most common to see a diagnosis in children and young adults, especially during the years of puberty, although it can occur at any age.”
Dr. Viswanathan says that almost all children diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes present with similar early warning signs. She advises parents to be aware of the following signs and symptoms:
- Excessive thirst and frequent urination
- Increased appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
“Often, a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis happens unexpectedly, and both parents and the child are overwhelmed with questions and concern,” Dr. Viswanathan says. “It’s important to remember this is a condition that can be managed by utilizing insulin therapy effectively and with a well-balanced, nutritious diet.”
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Julie Nakis, health enews contributor, is manager of public affairs at Advocate Children's Hospital. She earned her BA in communications from the University of Iowa – Go Hawkeyes! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the city and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks.