The symptoms for Type 1 diabetes can develop very quickly, over weeks or even days, and they are easy to spot.
In Type 2 diabetes, the symptoms can be more difficult to identify, because the condition can be mild and can develop slowly over a number of years. It’s often not spotted until a medical check up.
For both types of diabetes the main symptoms to watch out for are:
• feeling more thirsty than usual
• going to the toilet frequently to pass urine, especially at night
• feeling very tired and more often than usual
• losing weight for no reason and loss of muscle bulk
• feeling more hungry than usual
• genital itching or frequent thrush
• cuts and wounds that are slow to get better
• blurred eyesight
• skin infections
Not everyone has all symptoms. It is very important to get diagnosed and treated as early as possible to control your symptoms and prevent future health problems.[clear-line]
These BSL clips were made by SignHealth with help and information from the NHS. There is more information at www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes