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Even infants as young as 22 months can be diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, juvenile type 1 diabetes. In people with type 1 diabetes the pancreas don't produce sufficient insulin which is essential for control of blood sugar. Low blood sugar can easily be fatal so the condition needs to be continually monitored and insulin injections delivered as required. Low blood sugar symptoms to look out for include paleness, sweat, nausea, shakiness, weakness and hyperactivity. High blood sugar can also occur and its symptoms include nausea, headache, irritability, excessive blinking or blurry vision.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Independent
About: Living with juvenile diabetes
Date: 30 November 2004
Author: Michelle Rosenberg
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