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Diabetes: Signs and Symptoms


What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes generally presents with excessive urination, excessive thirst, fatigue and weight loss. If children are not diagnosed early, this can quickly progress to nausea, vomiting, dehydration and severe illness, requiring admission to a pediatric intensive care unit in the hospital.

Type 2 diabetes generally presents over a longer period of time, and is often discovered by laboratory testing. Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity, weight gain and darkening of the skin around the neck and in the armpits.