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Symptoms of type 2 diabetes

Some diabetes symptoms are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Each has its own particular symptoms.

The main symptoms of diabetes common to both types are:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • urinating frequently, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

Many people have type 2 diabetes for years without realising because the early symptoms can be mild.

Visit your GP as soon as possible if you think you have diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce your risk of developing complications later on.

Other symptoms of diabetes can include:

  • itchiness around the vagina or penis, or regular bouts of thrush (a yeast infection)
  • blurred vision that is caused by the lens of your eye becoming very dry
  • cramps
  • constipation
  • skin infections

Not everyone will experience the above symptoms, and they are not usually severe in those who do get them.

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