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Lt Col Reynolds
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes present with similar symptoms, but those symptoms are often more severe and appear more suddenly in type 1 diabetes because the loss of beta cells happens more quickly. In general, the higher a person’s blood glucose level, the more pronounced their symptoms are.

Maj Hemstad
Some common symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurry vision or other sudden vision changes, and
  • Unexplained weight loss or weigh gain

Lt Col Reynolds
When onset of type 1 diabetes is sudden, symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, stomach pains, and dizziness. Someone with extremely high blood glucose levels may feel confused and drowsy or even lose consciousness, going into what’s called a diabetic coma. Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands or feet can also be a symptom of diabetes, but it is less common in type 1.

Maj Hemstad
Symptoms of diabetes are often similar to other medical conditions, so if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your provider to get a correct diagnosis. Because type 1 diabetes occurs most often in children, parents need to be especially aware of these symptoms and talk to a provider if they notice anything out of the ordinary.