How do you know if you have diabetes?

Common warnings signs of diabetes include:
  • Increased thirst.
  • Increased hunger (especially after eating)
  • Dry mouth.
  • Frequent urination or urine infections.
  • Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
  • Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
  • Blurred vision.
  • Headaches.

Can a child can have diabetes?

If you believe your child has diabetes, keep an eye out for these signs: Excessive fatigue: If your child seems extraordinarily tired or sleepy, their body may not have enough sugar to properly fuel their normal body functions. Excessive thirst: Children who have excessive thirst may have high blood sugar levels.
  • Is diabetes hereditary from mother or father?

    The risk for a child of a parent with type 1 diabetes is lower if it is the mother — rather than the father — who has diabetes. "If the father has it, the risk is about 1 in 10 (10 percent) that his child will develop type 1 diabetes — the same as the risk to a sibling of an affected child," Dr. Warram says.
  • What is the most common form of diabetes?

    Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it.
  • How does prediabetes turn into diabetes?

    Prediabetes is a “pre-diagnosis” of diabetes—you can think of it as a warning sign. It's when your blood glucose level (blood sugar level) is higher than normal, but it's not high enough to be considered diabetes. But here's the good news: it is possible to prevent prediabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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