As many of you may not know, Type 1 Diabetes is a very serious condition for many people across our country. I say that many of you ‘may not know’ because, until recently, I had little idea of the causes or impact of Type 1 Diabetes – in fact, I barely knew it existed.
That was until I was approached by my constituent Lisa, who lives in our area, whose son Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes after a terrible ordeal. Ben was taken to hospital after going to the doctors and being diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis. I had no idea what this entailed, but after a little research I discovered that the condition can be fatal.
Diabetic ketoacidosis happens when the body cannot produce enough insulin (which helps our bodies use glucose for energy) and so the body breaks down other tissues, including the muscles, for energy – which means the sufferer falls really very ill. This is what happened to Ben.
Ben’s case struck a nerve with me and together with Lisa we believe it is now time to increase awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, in the hope that Ben will be the last case to be diagnosed because of Ketoacidosis.
Type 1 Diabetes is very different to Type 2. Type 2 is the one we have all heard of and the risk factors include age and weight, whereas no one knows what causes Type 1. What we do know if the 4Ts of Type 1 diabetes – these are the symptoms of the condition and I would urge you to remember them. They are:
• Toilet: using the toilet way more than usual.
• Thirst: having an unquenchable thirst even after drinking.
• Tired: feeling more tired than usual.
• Thinner: losing weight quickly.
If you spot any of these symptoms in yourself or someone you know then don’t delay, it is time to book an appointment at the GP for tests.
By working together, we can help those with diabetes get diagnosed so they can get the treatment they need. Type 1 Diabetes is a very manageable condition but only once it has been diagnosed.
I will keep this page updated with progress.