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Diabetes Mellitus Type 1- Signs & Symptoms Nursing Mnemonic

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The 3 Ps

  • P-Polyuria (excessive urination)
  • P-Polydypsia (excessive thirst)
  • P-Polyphagia (excessive hunger)


In type 1 diabetes mellitus a patient does not produce insulin. Insulin allows glucose to go from the blood into the cells for energy. When glucose does not get into the cell, glucose levels in the blood rise. The body tries to remove excess glucose by producing extra urine. The body then requires more water.We get hungry because our cells are starving for energy.

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