What Are the Symptoms of Adult Onset Diabetes?

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What Are the Symptoms of Adult Onset Diabetes?
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Some people never realise they are experiencing symptoms related to diabetes. They may feel thirsty often and blame it on heat or exertion. They may have headaches and blame it on stress. Symptoms for diabetes are many. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, beware of the warning signs. See your health care provider and begin a plan to protect against later complications.


There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Gestational diabetes occurs during some pregnancies but usually disappears after the baby is born. Type 1 diabetes usually affects children or adults under the age of 35. Insulin is always required to survive. It occurs in five to 10 per cent of people with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes usually affects people over 40 years old, but is now occurring in children. It may be controlled with meal planning and exercise, though some Type 2 diabetics take oral medication or insulin. It occurs in 90 to 95 per cent of people with diabetes.

Symptoms of Type 1

Weight loss and an increased appetite are common symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Thirst and frequent urination are other symptoms. The patient may doze off at given times and feel fatigue all the time. Some have abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.


Because the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are more gradual, some people are unaware they are diabetic. They can have symptoms for five to 10 years, which is why it is important for people with a family history of diabetes to inform their doctor. The health care physician will monitor the blood sugar with sugar fasting tests and A1C tests when you go in for your physical.

Symptoms of Type 2

Symptoms with Type 2 diabetes are more prevalent in adults over 40 years old. Instead of being insulin dependent, Type 2 diabetics are insulin resistant. Their bodies do not use insulin properly, so sugar or glucose builds up in the bloodstream causing high blood sugar levels. Symptoms include thirst, frequent urination, headaches, fatigue, indigestion, dizziness and shakiness. Type 2 diabetics are usually overweight and do not exercise frequently.


Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. Causes are unknown, though, family history and the body's immune system plays a major role in developing the disease. You can control and possibly prevent Type 2 diabetes with exercise, a balanced diet and possible medication. If you are thirsty all the time, urinate often, are fatigued, have headaches and have a family history of diabetes, see your family health care physician.

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