What is Type 1 Diabetes? Symptoms to be recognized and differences to type 2

Summer Spellman will have trouble coming up with her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes tonight at Corrie, June 21, but what is type 1 diabetes and how is it different from type 2 diabetes?

After their worrying breakdown, which Billy and Todd thought might be due to an eating disorder, doctors figured out what was really wrong.

Summer Spellman actress Harrier Bibby has also commented on the plot.

She said it was only after speaking to Diabetes UK that she realized it was a lifelong condition that requires treatment, not cure.

“I think if you find out that you have a lifelong condition that you will be able to deal with, you don’t have to worry about it for a while,” she said.

“We spoke to Diabetes UK in advance of this act. I think what a lot of people struggle with when diagnosed is that I have to live with it for a long time.

“I don’t think Summer really realizes that,” she added.

Summer is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in Corrie (Image: ITV)

What is type 1 diabetes and what are the symptoms?

Type 1 diabetes causes the levels of glucose or sugar in your blood to get too high.

It occurs when your body can’t make enough of a hormone called insulin that controls blood sugar.

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Patients diagnosed with Type 1 need daily injections of insulin to keep blood sugar levels under control.

You don’t wrap your head around it for a while.

Signs that you may have type 1 diabetes include being extremely thirsty, urinating too much, especially at night, and being very tired.

Losing weight without trying, thrush that keeps coming back, blurred vision, and cuts and abrasions that don’t heal are also tell-tale signs.

Symptoms can appear quickly – especially in children.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 is treated with insulin injections (source: Unsplash)

What if the blood sugar gets too low?

People with diabetes can have hypoglycemia – low blood sugar – if their blood sugar levels are too low.

This can happen when you delay meals, low in carbohydrates, and exercise a lot without getting the right amount of carbohydrates or reducing your insulin.

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It can also be caused by taking too much insulin and drinking on an empty stomach.

Symptoms of hypoglycaemia include sweating, feeling anxious or irritable, feeling hungry, having trouble concentrating, blurred vision, and tremors.

What Is Type 1 Diabetes If Summer Is Diagnosed?
Summer was unaware of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes (source: ITV)

How is type 1 different from type 2 diabetes?

Ulike type 2, type 1 is not associated with age or obesity.

Many people have type 2 diabetes without even realizing it. This is because symptoms don’t always make you feel uncomfortable.

Symptoms include urinating more often than usual, especially at night, constant feeling of thirst, and extreme tiredness.

Unexplained weight loss, itching of the genitals or recurring thrush, blurred vision, and cuts that take longer to heal can also indicate type 2 diabetes.

You are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you are over 40 years old, have a close relative with diabetes, or are overweight.

People of Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African origin are also diagnosed more often with it.

Type 2 is not managed with injections.

Instead, in most cases, it is managed by changing diet and taking medication in pill form.

Some type 2 diabetics can even reverse the disease – type 1 does not.

So can type 2 become type 1?

No, type 2 cannot become type 1 because the two conditions have different causes.

But it is not unheard of for people to get a diagnosis of one type and later the other separate condition.

Please visit the Diabetes UK website for more information Here.

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