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Symptoms of type 2 diabetes

Common symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Excessive urination: This results from the body attempting to rid itself of excess glucose in the bloodstream.
  • Excessive thirst: This happens as the body attempts to replace fluids lost as a result of excessive urination. It can also happen because the body detects high blood sugar levels.
  • Unexplained weight loss: Since the body is unable to use glucose for energy, it breaks down fat and protein.
  • Lethargy, drowsiness, or exhaustion: This is due to cells not receiving the glucose which they would convert into energy.2

Although people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes display similar symptoms to those listed above, symptoms in type 2 diabetics may be less obvious. While type 1 symptoms of diabetes can develop quickly over a period of days or weeks, type 2 diabetes symptoms usually develop gradually, or in some cases may not be present at all. This means that in many instances a diagnosis of diabetes is only made many years after its actual onset.2 People with type 2 diabetes may also find that cuts and sores take longer to heal.2

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Last Updated 27/11/2013 16:00:24