What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

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What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

For both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, symptoms of diabetes can be either acute (occurring immediately) or chronic (occurring slowly over time).


Symptoms of Diabetes

T1DM is more likely to present with acute onset symptoms requiring hospitalization. However both T1DM and T2DM can present acutely and have similar symptoms, including 1 or more of the following:1

  • Increased Thirst
  • Increased Frequency of Urination
  • Increased Hunger
  • Weakness/Fatigue
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Abdominal Pain
  • Blurred Vision

Any of the preceding symptoms are concerning for dangerously uncontrolled hyperglycemia and emergent medical treatment should be sought immediately!



Symptoms of Diabetes

The long-term, slowly developing symptoms diabetes (both T1DM and T2DM) are similar and may include 1 or more of the following:

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Decreased Vision
  • Decreased Blood Flow/Decreased Kidney Function
  • Increased Risk of Infection
  • Decreased Sensation and/or Pain in Extremities
  • Decreased Wound Healing

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1. Khardori R, Griffing GT. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/117853-overview#aw2aab6b2b5.: Medscape Reference; 2012.