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Diabetes Signs & Symptoms

What is considered normal? When should you be concerned? Check a symptom with our symptom checker, if you have not already been diagnosed. It will tell you exactly what to look for and when a trip to the doctor is in order.

High blood levels of glucose can cause several problems, including frequent urination, excessive thirst, hunger, fatigue, weight loss, and blurry vision. However, because type 2 diabetes develops slowly, some people with high blood sugar experience no symptoms at all.

Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms

The process that destroys the insulin-producing beta cells can be a long and insidious one. At the point when insulin production bottoms out, however, type 1 diabetes usually appears suddenly and progresses quickly. Warning signs of type 1 diabetes include:
  • Frequent urination (in children, a recurrence of bed-wetting after toilet training has been completed).
  • Unusual thirst, especially for sweet, cold drinks.
  • Extreme hunger.
  • Sudden, sometimes dramatic, weight loss.
  • Weakness.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Blurred vision or other changes in eyesight.
  • Irritability.
  • Nausea and vomiting (acute symptoms).

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Type 2 diabetes usually begins gradually and progresses slowly. Symptoms in adults include the following:
  • Excessive thirst.
  • Increased urination.
  • Fatigue.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Weight loss.
  • In women, vaginal yeast infections or fungal infections under the breasts or in the groin.
  • Severe gum problems.
  • Itching.
  • Impotence in men.
  • Unusual sensations, such as tingling or burning, in the extremities.

Symptoms in children are often different:

  • Most children are obese or overweight.
  • Increased urination is mild or even absent.
  • Many develop a skin problem called acanthosis, which is characterized by velvety, dark colored patches of skin.

If you have any of these symptoms, get your Diabetes Health Care Kit so you can learn how to contact your health care provider right away and get tested or screened the right way.

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