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Diabetes: How Much Do You Know?

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

Diabetes symptoms are determined by your blood sugar level. Some patients, particularly those with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, may not have symptoms.

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes tend to appear rapidly and are more severe.

Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetic symptoms include:

  • Feeling more thirsty than usual.

  • Urinating often.

  • Losing weight without trying.

  • Presence of ketones in the urine. Ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there's not enough available insulin.

  • Feeling tired and weak.

  • Feeling irritable or having other mood changes.

  • Having blurry vision.

  • Having slow-healing sores.

  • Getting a lot of infections, such as gum, skin and vaginal infections.

Type 1 diabetes can start at any age. But it often starts during childhood or teen years. Type 2 diabetes, the more common type, can develop at any age. Type 2 diabetes is more common in people older than 40. When to see a doctor

  • If you think you or your child may have diabetes. If you notice any possible diabetes symptoms, contact your health care provider. The earlier the condition is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.

  • If you've already been diagnosed with diabetes. After you receive your diagnosis, you'll need close medical follow-up until your blood sugar levels stabilize.

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