DIABETES type 1 symptoms and signs could be triggered in adulthood as often as at birth.
Tilly Bather, 26, from Lemington Spa, first developed symptoms of the condition when she was 24 years old.
“I had the classic symptoms,” she told Express.co.uk in a shocking interview. “But these were just ignored by me and my GP.”
“I thought it was some sort of vitamin D deficiency.
“I just kept randomly vomiting, so I knew something was wrong, but it was so hard to work out what it was.”
Bather had all the classic symptoms of diabetes type 1, yet her diagnosis still took around six months.
She needed to use the toilet far more regularly than usual, her thirst had increased massively, and she was tired, hungry and kept losing weight.
The crunch moment came shortly before initial diagnosis.
“In one week I lost 10 kilograms,” she revealed.
“I went to the GP surgery but they just sent me home. That evening I ended up going to A&E because my blood sugar went too low, and I had hypoglycaemia.”
Amongst symptoms of diabetes type 1, the NHS said feeling very tired, losing weight without trying, having thrush that keeps coming back are all symptoms of the condition.
On its website, the organisation added blurred vision and cuts and grazes that aren’t healing can also be signs.
“Diabetes type 1 symptoms can come on quickly, particularly in children,” it said online.
“Diabetes type 1 isn’t linked to age or being overweight, this is just for diabetes type 2.”
Around 10 per cent of all diabetes sufferers have diabetes type 1, according to Diabetes UK, a charity for the condition.
Describing how diabetes type 1 is diagnosed, the NHS said: “Your GP will do a urine test and might check your blood sugar level.
“If they think you might have diabetes, they will advise you to go to hospital straight away for an assessment.
“You’ll stay in hospital until you get the blood test results. This is usually the same day.
“If you are diagnosed with diabetes type 1, a diabetes nurse will show you the things you need to do to start managing it, such as testing your own blood sugar and how to inject insulin.”
Diabetes type 1 sufferers need to maintain their blood sugar. Drinking grape juice could help them achieve this.