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Diabetes Symptoms

The symptoms of diabetes mellitus are generally the same for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but the way and speed in which the symptoms develop can differ.

The three main symptoms of diabetes are:


The need to urinate

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Prolonged excessive thirst

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Highly increased appetite

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Other less severe symptoms of diabetes can include:

Nausea, vomiting, temperature or stomach pains may also accompany some of these symptoms in the sudden onset of type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes symptoms

With type 1 diabetes, these symptoms can develop very quickly (over the course of weeks or even days) compared to type 2 diabetes, where symptoms may be less obvious and develop gradually.

Type 2 diabetes symptoms

A person may, however, develop type 2 diabetes without experiencing any symptoms at all, or only a few symptoms that may not seem may not seem important at the time. In fact, many people have type 2 diabetes for years without even knowing it.

If you feel you have diabetes due to occurrence of any of the symptoms listed above, you should seek medical advice and diagnosis.

Other diabetic symptoms/complications to be aware of