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Diabetes Mellitus

Alternate Names : Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Symptoms partly depend on the type of diabetes a person has and how long it has been untreated. Many patients with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at all. Any signs and symptoms are mostly related to high blood glucose levels and include:

  • bladder infections
  • coma, which happens only if the diabetes gets too far out of control
  • extreme hunger
  • extreme thirst
  • fatigue and weakness
  • frequent urination in increased amounts
  • nausea and vomiting
  • skin infections, especially fungal or more serious bacterial infections
  • visual problems, such as blurred vision
  • weight loss despite increased hunger and thirst
  • A condition called ketoacidosis may occur in a person with type 1 diabetes if the person goes without enough insulin for too long. This is a severe complication and requires medical attention right away. Symptoms include:

  • deep rapid breathing, sometimes with a fruity odor to the breath
  • drowsiness
  • extreme thirst
  • frequent urination
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach pains
  • upset stomach

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    Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 06/01/02

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