Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes, the variation of the illness most of us know. It is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90% to 95% of the people with diabetes.
Less know is Type 1, the form of diabetes which can kill within a few days or weeks if not treated – but there remains great confusion about its symptoms amongst the public, with media coverage of diabetes primarily focusing on Type 2. This focus has led to a prevailing association between diabetes and obesity, older age groups and sedentary lifestyles – none of which are signals of Type 1 diabetes.
The video above is launched by the Adam Bell Foundation aimed at ending the confusion around Type 1 diabetes which it believes is costing lives. The 40-second video focuses on a young man unknowingly suffering from Type 1 diabetes with symptoms like increased thirst, extreme tiredness, genital itching or regular episodes of thrush, weight loss or blurred vision.
The Adam Bell Foundation is asking viewers to share the new video as widely as possible with the hashtag #T1D, in order to make more people aware of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
The launch of the video marks ten years since the death of Adam Bell, 34, from misdiagnosed Type 1 diabetes. A usually healthy and active person, Adam suddenly fell ill complaining of stomach pains and nausea. He was incorrectly diagnosed by his doctor as suffering from a virus, and Adam tragically died alone the following day.
The Adam Bell Foundation was set up in his memory, to raise awareness and save lives.