A Study Of A 10 Year Old Girl Who Has Been Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes

754 Words Jan 8th, 2016 4 Pages
This paper will present a case study of a 10 year old girl who has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The patient, Hannah, is an active 4th grade student who is otherwise in good health.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases where the body’s pancreas does not produce enough insulin or does not properly respond to insulin produced, resulting in high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. There are several different types of diabetes, but the most common forms are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both impact glucose levels, and if left untreated, can cause many complications. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) can occur at any age, but is most commonly diagnosed from infancy to late 30s. If a person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, their pancreas produces little to no insulin, and the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times every day or continually infuse insulin through a pump, as well as manage their diet and exercise habits.
Knowing the warning signs for type 1 diabetes is critical/ Type 1 diabetes can often go undiagnosed in its early stages because the symptoms can be mistaken for more common illnesses, like the flu. Take notice if you or your loved one experiences the following: (and get medical attention immediately as these can lead to a life threatening situation)
• Extreme thirst
• Frequent urination
• Drowsiness and lethargy
• Sugar in urine
• Sudden vision…

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