Type 1 diabetes is still often misdiagnosed. It is often confused with the flu or a cold. Those misdiagnosis’ can prove fatal. Know the signs. Educate yourself. And if you feel like you or your child could be exhibiting signs, go see a Dr ASAP.

  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Sugar in urine
  • Fruity, sweet, or wine-like odor on breath
  • Increased appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Drowsiness, lethargy
  • Heavy, labored breathing
  • Stupor, unconsciousness
  • In children, sudden bed wetting

Please share these warning signs with everyone

For a downloadable PDF with much more info, go here: JDRF Warning Signs

For us, Stella started off with an unquenchable thirst, so bad she would be scared if she didn’t have a bottle of water with her at all times. She would finish a 20 ounce bottle in the 3 minutes it takes us to drive to the grocery store. On top of that, we couldn’t drive a block without her having to stop and use the restroom. She was constantly tired, and as I learned after her diagnosis, she could no longer see well enough to read. The symptom that finally led us to the Dr’s office was 2 back to back nights of bed wetting.


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  2. My 6 year old daughter was diagnosed 3 weeks ago on October 13. She had all the symptoms but we made excuses for all of them. So many of them are associated with a growing child. She suffered the whole summer before I finally realized something wasn’t right. We went to a couple birthday parties and she played for 5 minutes and sat on my lap for 2 hours. Then we went to the beach and I saw her in her little bikini and I realized I could see her backbone. I took her to the dr. that Monday and he did a urinalysis which showed sugar and her blood glucose was 591! Her A13 was 15%. Off to Joe Dimaggio’s Children’s Hospital we went. I even plugged her symptoms into google (right before the appt) and came up with celiac disease. She had the sweet breath which I feel like if I had known that symptom I would have gone much sooner. In fact she had a dental appointment in July and I’m surprised the dentist didn’t notice it. I never expected diabetes! We feel like our world has been tipped over. The good is that she is giggling and happy and gained 6 pounds in 10 days. Gone is the irritable, lethargic child from the summer. Just glad there is treatment. I want to look into getting her a DAD. How do you know if they are a reputable company? We live in South Florida. Any suggestions are welcome.

  3. I had virtually all these symptoms when I was 12. I was never told what my BG was when they got me to UCLA Medical Center, but I was in hospital 2 weeks. I was sooooo sick! Now, at age 57, I have lost the ability to sense my BG dropping until it gets down to the 40’s. Last year I got a 9 week old English Labrador Retriever (black, of course), which I have been working with this last 12 months to be a DAD. At 13 months she is a very good Alert dog and a GREAT companion!