If you’re worried that you or a loved one may have diabetes, this checklist highlights the seven main signs and symptoms to look out for.
Diabetes is a common condition where the sugar levels in your blood become too high. It’s a lifelong condition but can be managed successfully.
There are seven main warning signs of diabetes:
1. Needing to wee a lot, especially at night
2. Feeling really thirsty
3. Feeling more tired than usual
4. Losing weight without trying to
5. Itching around your genitals or frequent episodes of thrush
6. Cuts and wounds that take longer to heal than normal
7. Blurred vision
Showing these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have diabetes, but if you are experiencing them then you should talk to your GP.1
If you have any worries at all about diabetes, speak to your doctor for reassurance. The earlier you identify the condition, the easier it can be to manage.2
- What are the warning signs of diabetes in children?
It’s crucial to identify type 1 diabetes in children and young people as early as possible, which can avoid any life-threatening symptoms developing.
The most common type 1 signs to look out for in children are the same as the first four symptoms above:
1. Going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previous child or heavier nappies
2. Feeling really thirsty and not being able to quench it
3. Being more tired than usual
4. Losing weight or looking thinner than usual
If your child has any of these symptoms, visit your GP straight away. They can carry out a simple finger-prick blood test to diagnose type 1 diabetes.3
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that causes your blood sugar levels to be too high.
This is because diabetes affects insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps our bodies to absorb sugar.
With type 1 diabetes, your body’s immune system attacks the cells that produce insulin.
With type 2 diabetes, either your body does not produce enough insulin or your cells don’t react to insulin as they should.1
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.1
If you are at all worried that you have diabetes, speak to your GP who can run a simple test to find out.
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