Symptoms of type 1 diabetes are caused by the buildup of glucose in the blood where it cannot be used by cells for energy. Problems may be:
Severe symptoms can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. This is when glucose levels rise and the body starts to break down fat to use as energy instead. This makes a by-product called ketone bodies. They are made up of acids that can build up in the body and cause these additional type 1 diabetes symptoms:
This problem can be deadly and must be treated right away.
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Last reviewed September 2019 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
James P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 12/8/2020