Some symptoms of diabetes vary with the type of diabetes. We will talk about the two most prevalent types, namely type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The two types are really very different. Type 1 diabetes is the condition where the body is unable to produce insulin. Without insulin, the body is unable to regulate sugar in the bloodstream and is unable to deliver sugar to the cells to use it for energy. This can cause all sorts of problems varying in severity from mild symptoms to heart disease and stroke. Type 2 diabetes is the condition where insulin is being produced, but it is not enough, or the cells aren't using it, becoming resistant to the insulin. Type 2 symptoms can develop slowly over time and it is often called the silent killer.
The symptoms of diabetes type 1 appear rapidly. One of the most common is frequent urination. This can also cause an insatiable thirst because the body becomes dehydrated. There are other symptoms that can also follow. Rapid weight loss is a hallmark of type 1 diabetes because the body becomes starved for energy and starts raiding the store by using stored fats and muscle for energy. Other symptoms include weakness and fatigue, again because the body's cells are unable to use the sugar for energy. Another symptom is called neuropathy and you experience tingling or numbness in your hands or feet.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are similar to those of type 1 but can be less noticeable because type 2 usually develops over time. Weight loss may not be apparent especially in cases where the diabetes takes years to develop. Similarly, the thirst and excessive urination may come on slowly enough for them to be attributed to other ailments.
Other symptoms of diabetes include blurred vision, dry skin and bruises that don't heal. As you grow older, it becomes very important to have routine diabetes screening tests because early detection can avoid some of the more serious complications that can arise by having untreated diabetes for months or even years. We have just scratched the surface of the topic of diabetes. On our website, we have many articles about diabetes symptoms, diets, treatments and other information. Please take some time to read the articles, they're free!