Many of the signs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are similar but can develop at different rates. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in older adults and gradually takes time to develop, often in years. This delay in the diagnosis can be prevented by yearly visits to your physician so he can assess your health. On the other hand, type 1 diabetes, most prevalent in children, symptoms strike quickly. When there are not enough cells to break down a mass amount of glucose in your body, diabetes symptoms will start to occur. As the amount and progression of your blood glucose levels increase so will the prevalence and seriousness of your symptoms. This high blood glucose level is what we call hyperglycemia leading to diabetes, one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Symptoms of Diabetes are vague and are sometimes not noticed until more severe symptoms start to arise. Some mild symptoms that can be confused for other health issues are listed below
Mild Symptoms of Diabetes
- Skin rashes
- Athletes foot
- itchy, dry skin
- hands will tingle or numb
- weight loss
- erectile dysfunction
- no period
Here are some of the more severe symptoms you may experience when blood glucose levels reach a high range.
Severe Symptoms of Diabetes
- Dehydration can set in causing you to be excessively thirsty. If you feel yourself running for a glass of water more than normal for more than one or two days, this is an obvious sign.
- You can find yourself going to the bathroom more frequently than before. Some small children may have the dreadful experience of wetting the bed.
- You are losing weight. This happens more often and is seen most significantly with those who have type 1 diabetes. Your body will start breaking down muscle tissue for energy since the cells can not absorb glucose for energy.
- You feel very weak and fatigued.
- Some find they have outbreaks in acne.
- Your vision has become blurry.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your physician for a check up.