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Diabetes mellitus Type 1

Names 

Diabetes mellitus type 1
Insulin dependent Diabetes
Juvenile diabetes
Type 1 diabetes

Description

Diabetes Type 1 is when the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. It is caused by the immune system killing beta cells in the pancreas.

Prevalence

1.1 to 2.3 million Americans
Source: Centers for Disease Control

Typical Age of onset

15-39 but can occur at any age

Symptoms

  • Increased thirst (polydipsia)
  • Frequent urination (polyuria)
  • Bed-wetting in children who previously didn't wet the bed during the night
  • Extreme hunger (polyphagia)
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Irritability and other mood changes
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision

Source:  Mayo Clinic