What is diabetic burnout, and why is it important and dangerous?
Imagine, for a moment, that you are the main character in this story.
You’ve just turned fifteen.
For the past few weeks, you’ve been feeling lethargic, have had to pee a lot, and your weight has dropped considerably more than would otherwise be considered normal. You’ve also been suffering from brain fog, and your grades are in danger of slipping.
Your parents notice and are very concerned.
What could possibly be causing all these symptoms? It’s not flu season, and you’re not presenting with a fever or chills.
But all those midnight trips to the bathroom. And 3 AM trips to the bathroom.
Your parents finally have had enough and take you to the ER. Something’s not right, and they have a gut feeling that it’s going to be serious.
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Your mom feels like there’s a pit in her stomach, because she’s heard whispers of the symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes, and you’re checking all the boxes.
The doctors do not have good news.
You, an otherwise normal fifteen-year-old, have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.