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More adults are being diagnosed with ‘juvenile diabetes.’ What should you watch for?

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More and more people are being diagnosed with “juvenile diabetes,” or Type 1 diabetes. Why are adults being diagnosed? What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2, and what symptoms should you watch for?

Advocate Beth Knott joined Monday's “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” to talk about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the One Walk fundraiser, an event that brings together more than 900,000 people around the country each year.

What you should know:

  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is not affected by diet or lifestyle (unlike Type 2).
  • People with Type 1 diabetes must have a regular dose of insulin because the disease stops the pancreas from producing it.
  • Around 40,000 people are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the U.S. each year.
  • Symptoms include extreme thirst; frequent urination; drowsiness or lethargy; sudden weight loss and changes in vision; fruity odor on the breath; heavy breathing; and stupor or unconsciousness.

How you can get involved:

  • Make sure you’re aware of the symptoms since Type 1 diabetes can happen to adults, not just kids.
  • Check out JDRF for ways to help and to learn more about the One Walk event on Sept. 30.

To see more from Doc, visit his channel on TheBlaze and listen live to “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson” weekdays 6–9 a.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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