It’s About Time we knew the early signs of type 1 diabetes

Knowing the early signs of Type 1 diabetes

This National Diabetes Week we want to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of type 1 diabetes and help people to better understand the early symptoms of the condition.

Every year around 640 Australians end up very sick and in hospital with dangerous high blood glucose levels because the early signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes are not recognised in time.

Failure to recognise the early symptoms of type 1 diabetes such as severe fatigue, thirst, increased visits to the toilet and weight loss can lead to diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA). This is an acute complication which can be life threatening and often requires hospitalisation.

If not diagnosed in time, type 1 diabetes can be fatal. Everyone should know the early signs – the 4 T’s of Type 1 diabetes.

Find out more about type 1 diabetes here.

What are the 4Ts

The 4Ts are the early warning signs of type 1 diabetes. They are:

  • Thirsty - are they really thirsty and unable to quench that thirst?

  • Toilet – are they going to the toilet a lot?

  • Tired - are they more tired than usual?

  • Thinner - have they recently lost weight?

If you see these signs you should talk to your doctor straight away

Isabelle’s Story

When she was 7, Isabelle Jepson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while in hospital for a seemingly unrelated condition.

Isabelle’s parents didn’t know what was wrong. Following months of weekly doctors’ visits, her parents took her to hospital. They thought it would be an overnight stay.

It turned out to be far more serious

The 4 Ts element of our campaign has been adapted from materials developed by Diabetes UK. We thank them for kindly sharing their material with us and allowing us to modify their materials for Australia.

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