Type 1 Diabetes is sometimes misdiagnosed as Gastroenteritis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Gastroenteritis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Type 1 Diabetes.

Although type 1 diabetes cannot be cured, treatment is aimed at managing the condition and lead a normal life. Treatments include lifestyle eating changes, monitoring sugar levels constantly and continuously taking insulin as required. Insulin pumps are now easily available and are quite helpful in giving the correct insulin dose to make sure glucose levels are normal. Blood tests to diagnose the condition are glycated haemoglobin test that measure the average blood sugar level in the previous 3 months as well as random and fasting blood sugar tests.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Frequent urination, increased thirst, weight loss, fatigue, visual problems such as blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, itching skin especially around the genitals

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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