There are three types of diabetes:
Type 1, Type 2 and
Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
Type 1 diabetes develops most often in
children and young adults, but the disorder can appear at any age.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually develop over a short period.
Symptoms include increased thirst and
urination, constant hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, and extreme
fatigue. If not diagnosed and treated with insulin, a person can lapse
into a life-threatening diabetic coma, also known as diabetic
Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms
This is the most common form of
diabetes. This form of diabetes usually develops in adults age 40 and
older and is most common in adults over age 55. About 80 percent of
people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes develop
gradually. They are not as sudden in onset as in type 1 diabetes. Some
people have no symptoms. Symptoms may include fatigue or nausea,
frequent urination, unusual thirst, weight loss, blurred vision,
frequent infections, and slow healing of wounds or sores.
Gestational diabetes develops only
during pregnancy. Like type 2 diabetes, it occurs more often in
African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, people with a
family history of diabetes. Though it usually disappears after
delivery, the mother is at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes
later in life.