Be In The Know: Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms To Look Out For

The Steve Morgan Foundation confirmed on Sunday that it is making a £3million donation to JDRF, the international charity which is dedicated to finding a cure for people with type 1 diabetes.

As well as providing this multi-million pound investment into JDRF, the Steve Morgan Foundation is keen to raise awareness of the condition with the aim of encouraging early diagnosis where possible.

In July last year, Steve Morgan, Chairman of the Steve Morgan Foundation, and wife Sally, a trustee, found out that Sally’s son and Steve’s eight-year-old stepson, Hugo, had type 1 diabetes. For a time, the family were unaware of the nature of his illness, which is an autoimmune condition which cannot be prevented, and is not linked to lifestyle.

People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive, but huge advances are currently being made in research and JDRF are confident that a cure will be found.

An average of 16 people across the UK are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each day, and the condition affects approximately 400,000 people in this country, 29,000 of which are children.

The main symptoms of type 1 diabetes for people to look out for include the following:

  • Needing to urinate more frequently
  • Being extremely thirsty
  • Feeling tired
  • Losing weight
  • Fruity-smelling breath

People who have type 1 diabetes may also experience changes in vision and an increased appetite.

The onset of signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes is rapid, happening over a matter of days and weeks rather than months.

People who experience these symptoms are advised to seek medical attention immediately.

For more information visit the JDRF website by clicking here.

To find out more about why the Steve Morgan Foundation is making such a substantial donation, double the previous largest ever received by the global research charity JDRF, click here. 

 

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