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Type 2 – Symptoms

The main symptoms of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are:

  • feeling very thirsty (polydipsia).
  • urinating frequently (polyuria).
  • feeling tired.
Other symptoms can include:

  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk (in type 1 diabetes).
  • itchiness around the vagina or penis.
  • regular bouts of thrush (a yeast infection).
  • blurred vision.
  • cramp.
  • skin infections.
  • vomiting.
Hyperglycaemia
This is when the blood glucose is too high and will occur if you are diabetic with poor glucose control or are unaware that you have diabetes. The symptoms of hyperglycaemia come on suddenly and severely. They include:

  • extreme thirst.
  • a dry mouth.
  • blurred vision.
  • a need to pass urine frequently.
  • vomiting.
  • drowsiness leading to unconsciousness.

Hyperglycaemia if uncorrected can be extremely dangerous. You should seek urgent medical attention if you have diabetes and you develop:

  • a loss of appetite.
  • nausea or vomiting (feeling or being sick).
  • a high temperature.
  • stomach pain.
  • fruity smelling breath, which may smell like pear drops or nail varnish (others will usually be able to smell it but you will not).
Information on this page is provided by NHS Choices. http://www.nhs.uk

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