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About Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when an organ called the pancreas
doesn't make enough insulin to control blood glucose. 

Previously referred to as Juvenile diabetes, type one diabetes is usually, but not always diagnosed in children and young adults.  Less than 10% of all persons with diabetes have type one diabetes.  It is a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin to sustain life.  Treatment for type one diabetes includes insulin, blood glucose monitoring, education, dietary management and exercise.

Signs of Type 1 Diabetes

  • Thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Hunger
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Blurry vision
  • Ketoacidosis

The “Three Poly’s” are classic signs of type 1 diabetes.

  1. Polyuria is excessive urination (can be noted when children begin wetting the bed at night once potty-trained or when older children/adults begin using the restroom more than usual.)
  2. Polydipsia is excessive thirst - excessively dry mouth with unquenchable thirst
  3. Polyphagia is excessive hunger - very hungry and eating more without gaining weight

Schedule Diabetes Education with the St. Francis Team
Contact the St. Francis Diabetes Team at 660-562-7966. Also, you can reference our Diabetes Resources for more information about your diabetes risk and for health management. 



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