The NHS estimates that there are roughly half a million people that have diabetes without being aware of it; left untreated, diabetes can contribute to serious health conditions so it is important to be able to recognise the signs of diabetes. The symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are similar; however, symptoms of type 1 diabetes develop over a much shorter period of time than those associated with type 2 diabetes (many people with type 2 diabetes are unaware of their condition for a long time before they are diagnosed).
Signs to look out for include:
- Constantly feeling thirsty and craving water
- Weight loss
- Going to the toilet frequently
- Having blurred or cloudy vision
- Muscle wastage
- Itching around the genital areas
- Frequent bouts of thrush
- Getting infections on a regular basis
Many of these symptoms may be indicative of other conditions but it is always important to get yourself checked over by a doctor; if you notice any of the symptoms listed above arrange to see your GP as quickly as possible.