Her doctor apologized for the error and said he had never had a case of type 1 diabetes, so it wasn't something he normally looked for.Insel said it's important to compare a child's changes in behavior to the other children in the family.Even small symptoms can be a sign of something much bigger." Parker said she wants other parents to know that a child with type 1 diabetes "doesn't necessarily look sick. D., chief scientific officer, JDRF; Micki Parker, mother of Addie, Queen Creek, Ariz.; Amanda Di Lella, student, University of Florida, Gainesville What is type 1 diabetes? Learn the basics such as warning signs, causes, treatments, and blood sugar management tips for type 1 diabetes. Trust your gut instinct, and push to have your child tested." The signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes that everyone should know include: Copyright © 2013 Health Day. Just this month, a Wisconsin toddler died apparently because of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes."Addie had flu symptoms," recalled her mother, Micki Parker, who works in the operating room at a nearby hospital but was unfamiliar with type 1 diabetes."By the next morning, she was throwing up every hour," Parker said.People with type 1 diabetes don't produce insulin, a hormone needed to convert the food you eat into fuel for the body.Without insulin, glucose (blood sugar) rises to unhealthy levels.
One of them is 20-year-old Amanda Di Lella, who was 13 when she knew something was seriously wrong. "I went from being tired to not being able to get out of bed, from being thirsty to drinking 10 bottles of water in the middle of the night.I had lost 15 pounds, and only weighed 75 pounds when I begged my mother to take me to the doctor." Her pediatrician told her mother that Di Lella probably had an eating disorder and he prescribed protein shakes. Her mother took her to the hospital, at about the same time the doctor got blood work back showing that she had type 1 diabetes.Her blood sugar level was over 400, and she was in diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA.If that test is positive, then a simple test drawing a drop of blood from the fingertip can confirm whether you have diabetes.Di Lella, now a student at the University of Florida, said she would advise others to "not ignore symptoms that seem so basic.