Understanding Diabetes (Part: 2/7)

Understanding Diabetes (Part: 2/7)

Colin McWatters |

"The Symptoms" (Part: 2/7)

The manifestation of diabetes symptoms varies with the level of blood sugar. Some individuals, particularly those with prediabetes, gestational diabetes, or type 2 diabetes, might not exhibit any signs. Conversely, type 1 diabetes symptoms usually emerge rapidly and with greater intensity.

Common indicators for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include:
  • An unusual increase in thirst.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Unintentional weight loss.
  • The presence of ketones in the urine, which are produced from the breakdown of muscle and fat when insulin is insufficient.
  • A general feeling of fatigue and weakness.
  • Changes in mood or irritability.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Wounds that heal slowly.
  • A higher susceptibility to infections, including those of the gums, skin, and genital areas.

Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but is more frequent in children and teenagers. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes, which is more prevalent, can occur at any age and is more common in individuals over 40. However, the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise.

When to Consult a Doctor

It's crucial to seek medical advice if you or your child show signs of diabetes. Early detection enables prompt treatment initiation. Furthermore, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, consistent medical supervision is essential until your blood sugar levels are under control.