Diabetes is a dangerous condition but one that can be treated effectively once the symptoms are spotted and a diagnosis is made.

The symptoms of diabetes are a consequence of having higher than normal blood sugar levels and are therefore common to all forms of diabetes mellitus including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

What are the common symptoms of diabetes

Early awareness of diabetes is important as it will allow for earlier treatment, reducing the chances of developing complications.

If caught early enough in the prediabetes “stage”, it may even be reversible.

The best way to spot diabetes early on is by looking for the telling symptoms, which are:

  • Tiredness (Fatigue)
  • Excessive thirst (Polydipsia – constantly feeling thirsty, even after drinking)
  • Excessive Urination (Polyuria)
  • Excessive Hunger (Polyphagia – persistent hunger, even after recently eating)
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you have a number of these symptoms, contact your clinician who will be able to advise whether a diagnostic test for diabetes is needed.

These symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, so you should make sure to be aware of them if you are responsible for a child, as they may exhibit them if suffering with type 1 diabetes.

The links below have a lot more information on each symptom and what to look out for.