Know your OPTIONS

Advancements in treatment and management of autoimmune type 1 diabetes may offer ways to help. Talk to your or your loved one’s doctor about what could come next. You or your loved one may be able to participate in a clinical trial or explore certain treatment options.

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Learn the symptoms of
AUTOIMMUNE TYPE 1 DIABETES

Get prepared by learning about and keeping an eye out for symptoms
before they appear. Some symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Bed-wetting in children who previously didn’t wet the bed while asleep
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Irritability and other mood changes
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Slow-healing cuts
Always talk to a doctor about any symptoms you or a loved one may be experiencing.
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Monitoring
BLOOD SUGAR

Monitoring blood sugar is one way to keep track of autoimmune type 1 diabetes. In the early stages of the disease, even when there aren’t visible symptoms, blood sugar levels can start to shift higher or lower than the normal range.

That’s how you know type 1 diabetes may be progressing. You can work with a doctor to check your or your loved one’s blood sugar. 

A mother and her son outdoors observing a beetle

Monitoring
BLOOD SUGAR

Monitoring blood sugar is one way to keep track of autoimmune type 1 diabetes. In the early stages of the disease, even when there aren’t visible symptoms, blood sugar levels can start to shift higher or lower than the normal range.

That’s how you know type 1 diabetes may be progressing. You can work with a doctor to check your or your loved one’s blood sugar. 

Find the right
CARE
TEAM

Care team

Endocrinologists and diabetes educators are diabetes experts. Talk to a doctor to help guide you or your loved one on the best ways to manage type 1 diabetes and help assemble the right care team.

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If you or your loved one is in the early stages of type 1 diabetes,
there are experts who are available to help, such as:

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JDRF's T1Detect Program

T1Detect is JDRF'S education and awareness program for type 1 diabetes. Find out more about the importance of screening, different ways to get screened, and what to do after you've received your results.

Visit JDRF.org
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Ask the Experts Program

A group of type 1 diabetes experts are available to offer support and answer questions about early screening and what the results mean. They can also provide advice about a plan for monitoring and future testing.

Visit AskTheExperts.org
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Get updates and more information about screening and treatment.