Warning: It could be Diabetes and not the Spring Flu!

Did you know there are critical warning signs of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) that can be and have been mistaken for the flu?
Yes, p
eople can still get the flu during the Spring season!

Be sure to check with your doctor or a hospital emergency room if you or a loved one is experiencing the persistent symptoms that are listed below. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask for a double check; it could save your life or some one you love!  Make sure the health care professionals test for diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be a life threatening side effect of T1D!

  • Ecessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Bed wetting for a young child or heavy diaper for a baby
  • Vision change
  • Headaches
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Irritability or mood change
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea, and/or vomiting
  • Fruity breath odor
  • Rapid or heavy breathing

The list of symptoms came from a recent Daily Herald newspaper article that was entitled: “Flu or Diabetes?”.
The educational story was about a mother raising awareness about T1D because of her son becoming ill with the flu!

You also can learn more about T1D in Purr-Fect Pals: A Kid, A Cat & Diabetes, which is my unique picture,activity, and resource book was written and designed to offer comfort, education, and encouragement to children and their families who are newly diagnosed or have been living with T1D (Type 1 Diabetes) and T2D (Type 2 Diabetes).


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