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Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Alternate Names : Noninsulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus, Adult-Onset Diabetes Mellitus, NIDDM

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes usually develop slowly over time. They are not as noticeable as in type 1 diabetes. Many people who have type 2 diabetes never have any symptoms at all. If they do develop symptoms, they are usually linked to high levels of glucose in the blood and can include:

  • excessive hunger
  • excessive thirst
  • fatigue and weakness
  • frequent urination and an increase in the amount of urine passed
  • infections of the skin, vagina, bladder, or other areas
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • visual problems, such as blurred vision
  • weight loss in spite of increased appetite and thirst
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis sometimes occurs in people with type 2 diabetes. When the cells in the body don't get enough glucose, the body starts to burn fat for energy. This produces waste products known as ketones. High levels of ketones can result in too much acid in the body, called ketoacidosis. This condition requires medical attention right away to prevent coma and death. Symptoms it can cause include:

  • dehydration
  • dry lips
  • sunken eyes
  • labored breathing
  • vomiting
  • abdominal distress,
  • fruity-smelling breath

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    Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/30/02

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