Claire's Courage
Claire's Diagnosis Story


Knowing the warning signs for type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) could save a life.

Warning signs of type 1 diabetes (these may occur suddenly):

* 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

If you or someone you love exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call a doctor immediately.

Education about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes is critical because type 1 can easily be mistaken for more common illnesses, such as the flu. JDRF has literature which lists the symptoms and treatments of type 1 diabetes and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Each year, approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes; over 15,000 are children. That's 40 children each and every day, approximately one child per hour.

Misdiagnosis can have tragic consequences. Knowing the warning signs of type 1 diabetes can save a life. Please share what you've learned with everyone--family, friends, teachers, doctors. Until a cure is found, the more who know, the more lives will be saved.

Please help JDRF raise awareness about the warning signs of type 1 diabetes--a chronic, debilitating autoimmune disease that is most often diagnosed before the age of 30. As with many diseases, early diagnosis goes a long way toward preventing serious health problems, and even death.

Claire's Courage