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It is very important for parents and students to know the warning signs of diabetes.  Type 1 is usually detected between the ages of 5 and 25.

TYPE 1 DIABETES
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes are serious and usually happen quickly. Most people with type 1
diabetes will feel very sick because of high blood glucose levels.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes:
• Urinating a lot (as the body tries to flush out excess glucose in the blood)
• Feeling very thirsty (due to dehydration)
• Feeling hungry all the time (because the cells of the body are starved for energy)
• Feeling tired (because the glucose is not entering your cells and being converted to energy)
• Blurred vision (because of a buildup of fluid in the lens of your eyes caused by high blood
glucose levels)
• Losing weight suddenly without trying, even with increased appetite (because the body is
not able to use the food you eat)
• Nausea and vomiting (as a result of the buildup of ketones in the blood)
Some people with type 1 diabetes may experience diabetic ketoacidosis.

TYPE 2 DIABETES
Type 2 diabetes does not appear suddenly. Instead, you may have no noticeable symptoms or only
mild symptoms for years before it is diagnosed.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes:
• Urinating a lot (as the body tries to flush out excess glucose in the blood)
• Feeling very thirsty (due to dehydration)
• Feeling hungry all the time (because the cells of the body are starved for energy)
• Feeling tired (because the glucose is not entering your cells and being converted to energy)
• Blurred vision (because of a buildup of fluid in the lens of your eyes caused by high blood
glucose levels)
• Frequent infections or slow healing cuts and sores
• Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands or feet

For more information:

Diabetes- Overview of Symptoms
Diabetes- Type 1 Diabetes Information

www.diabetes.org

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