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Signs and symptoms of type 2

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition that tends to develop gradually. As a result, the signs and symptoms may develop very slowly. You may not notice the signs or symptoms at all, or you may dismiss them as a normal part of getting older.

This can mean that by the time you notice something, you may have been living with diabetes for some years, and you could be at risk of developing complications. In some cases, those complications may be the first sign that you have diabetes.

  • Passing urine more frequently, commonly noticed at night
  • Dry mouth
  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Feeling tired, lethargic or irritable
  • Constantly feeling hungry despite having eaten
  • Having cuts, sores or ulcers that heal slowly
  • Itching, skin infections
  • Thrush or bladder infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Weight changes – commonly a gradual increase in weight
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Pain or tingling in the lower legs and/or feet

If you notice one or more of these signs or symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately.

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can prevent the development of serious, and in some cases life-threatening, health problems.

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