Diabetes is a serious medical condition that can have a significant impact on your life. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes so that you can get the treatment you need as soon as possible. The signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes can appear suddenly, especially in children. These may include increased thirst, frequent urination, enuresis in children who did not previously get wet in bed, extreme hunger, involuntary weight loss, fatigue and weakness, blurred vision, irritability, and other mood changes.
If you or your child has any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor right away. The symptoms experienced by people with diabetes can vary from person to person. However, the most common signs of diabetes are increased thirst, increased urination, feeling tired, and weight loss. To learn more about the common symptoms of diabetes and their causes, watch our video.
Although most people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood, the symptoms are the same at any age. Adults with type 1 diabetes may not recognize symptoms of diabetes as quickly as children, which could cause their diagnosis and treatment to be delayed. The most common early signs of type 2 diabetes are frequent urination, extreme thirst, and persistent hunger. However, there are other symptoms that can alert you to this disease.
A diagnosis can be life-changing, but type 2 diabetes is very manageable if detected early. The mood changes associated with type 2 diabetes usually appear along with other signs of diabetes, not on their own. A significant advance in treatment compared to recent years has been the development and availability of continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps that automatically adjust insulin and work with the continuous glucose monitor. Keep reading to learn about other symptoms that may be a sign of type 2 diabetes and how to start treatment as soon as possible.