Type 1 Diabetes: Living With Complications - Symptoms
Symptoms of autonomic neuropathy
(affecting internal functions) include:
Digestive problems, including frequent bloating, belching,
constipation, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These symptoms
may indicate that you have
gastroparesis, a condition that causes your stomach to
empty too slowly.
Temperature control problems, including profuse sweating on
your chest, face, or neck at night or while eating certain foods, such as
cheese and spicy foods.
Leaking urine or having difficulty emptying your bladder
Sexual problems, such as erection problems in men and vaginal
dryness in women.
Dizziness, weakness, or fainting when you stand or sit up from
a reclining position (orthostatic hypotension).
Difficulty knowing when your blood sugar is low (hypoglycemia unawareness).
Symptoms of focal neuropathy
(affecting a single nerve) usually develop suddenly and may include:
Pain, weakness, and movement difficulty in a single area of
your body, such as a wrist, thigh, or foot.
Pain in and around one of your eyes (if neuropathy affects the
nerves that control eye muscles), difficulty moving your eyes, and double
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People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
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However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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