Symptoms of Diabetes

There a variety of symptoms that can be experienced before diabetes is diagnosed, some people may have all of the symptoms others just one or two.

The symptoms include:

  • Going to the toilet a lot, to pass urine, especially at night
  • Being very thirsty and drinking a lot
  • Tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Regular episodes of thrush
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow healing of cuts or wounds

These symptoms can occur in both people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. With type 1, they develop quickly, usually a few weeks but with type 2, they can be less obvious.

In some cases, a person can have type 2 diabetes for years without knowing and it may only be picked up at a routine check. The symptoms will usually subside once treatment for the condition has commenced.

If you have any of these symptoms or think you may have diabetes, speak to your GP.

Are You at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

Many people are at risk of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes UK has produced a risk assessment tool to establish if you are at risk.

If you are at risk of developing diabetes visit your GP or start to make lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk.

Do you know what the risk factors are?

Many people are at risk of developing type 2 and it is currently estimated that around 850,000 people have type 2 diabetes but do not even know it. There are several risk factors that people may have that puts them at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than others without the risk factors.

These risk factors are:

  • Family history - having a parent or sibling with diabetes puts you at risk, than someone with no family history.
  • Ethnicity - people who are from south Asian or African-Carribbean backgrounds and live in the UK are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the white population.
  • Weight - not everyone with type 2 diabetes are overweight but being overweight and inactive puts you at higher risk.
  • Waist size - women with a waist of 31.5 in (80cm) or greater and men with a waist size of 37in (94cm) or larger are at more risk.

There are many other risk factors that depend on the individual from things like having previoulsy suffered a heart attack or stroke, have high blood pressure, women who have had gestational diabetes, women with polycystic ovary syndrome or if you have an imparied fasting glucose.

If you would like to find out your risk of developing type 2 diabetes you can use the Diabetes UK risk assessment tool by following this link, Diabetes UK risk assessment.

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