Signs and symptoms of diabetes
Diabetic people may or may not experience symptoms depending on the type of diabetes. Those with type I diabetes are very much likely to experience symptoms as they develop quickly over a few weeks, while the individuals with type II diabetes often have mild symptoms and may go unnoticed. Some of the typical symptoms of diabetes are given below:
- Increased appetite and losing weight- although the blood sugars are high, the cells cannot take this glucose and this lack of energy makes a person feel hungry
- Increased thirst, urination – occurs because the excess sugar leaks into urine through the kidneys and pulls extra water along dehydrating your body
- Tiredness, lack of interest and concentration
- Tingling sensation or numbness or pain in the hands or feet (type 2)
- Blurred vision
- Itching and infections around the genital areas of men and women
- Slow wound healing
- Vomiting and stomach pain
Diabetes symptoms in Men
The symptoms of diabetes are generally similar in men and women but there are some that are specific to men like erectile dysfunction.
The symptoms of diabetes in men and women are generally similar but there are some symptoms which are unique to males like reduced strength from loss of muscle mass, recurrent episodes of thrush around the genitals, itching of or around the penis and erectile dysfunction. Find out more about the symptoms and course of action for diabetes in men.
- strength from loss of muscle mass
- Recurrent episodes of thrush around the genitals
- Itching of or around the penis
Diabetes symptoms in Women
Symptoms like increased thirst/hunger/, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision, etc are diabetes symptoms that are unique to men and women. There are some symptoms like urinary infections and vaginal infections that are specific to women.
Diabetes symptoms in Children
It’s often difficult to diagnose diabetes in children which ends up putting their lives at risk. For starters, remember the 4Ts when it comes to watching out for diabetes in children: Toilet (frequent urination), Thirsty (increased thirst), Tired (fatigue), Thinner (weight loss).
If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, see a health professional – as early detection and treatment significantly reduces the onset and progression of complications.
If the early symptoms of either diabetes type 1 or type 2 are not evaluated and not managed appropriately, at later stages, the blood sugar levels rise very high and result in acute episodes requiring emergency treatment. During these episodes, along with typical diabetes symptoms like urination, increased thirst, additional visible symptoms could be fruity breath, troubled breathing, vomiting, increased heart rate, weakness, stomach pain, loss or altered consciousness, sometimes seizures or other neurological problems.