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Signs & Symptoms

Type 1 Diabetes

The following are Type 1 diabetes signs & symptoms:

  • Nausea – feel dizzy and sick to your stomach
  • Vomiting or throwing up
  • Abdominal pain – pain at and below your waist
  • Unconsciousness – fall asleep and cannot wake up but are still breathing
  • Becoming ill and very weak

High Blood Sugar Level Symptoms:

Early Symptoms:

  • Thirsty and dehydrated, cannot quench thirst
  • Feel weak, tired and drowsy
  • Go to the bathroom often

Severe Symptoms:

  • Slow healing of wounds or infections
  • A feeling of numbness in hands or feet
  • Vision is blurred or distorted
  • Possible sexual dysfunction
  • If left too long, you may have a seizure, fall unconscious, or go into a coma or die.

Low Blood Sugar Level Symptoms:

Early Symptoms:

  • Feelings of hunger
  • Feel nervous
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Fast heart rate
  • Headaches

Severe Symptoms:

  • Experiencing of slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Lack of balance, feel dizzy
  • If left for too long, may fall unconscious
  • People living with Type 1 diabetes need insulin to live. Without it they will die within days.

Type 2 Diabetes

The following are signs and symptoms of Type 2 diabetes:

High Blood Sugar Level Symptoms:

Early Symptoms:

  • Thirsty and dehydrated, cannot quench thirst
  • Feel weak, tired and drowsy
  • Go to the bathroom often

Severe Symptoms:

  • Slow healing of woods or infections
  • A feeling of numbness in hands or feet
  • Vision is blurred or distorted
  • Possible sexual dysfunction

Many people who have type 2 diabetes may not have any of the signs. It is important to be tested regularly for diabetes.