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What Are the Symptoms of Sugar Diabetes

written by: Aunindita • edited by: lrohner • updated: 2/24/2011

If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of diabetes, it is essential to see you doctor as soon as possible. Diagnosis is simple and treatment necessary. These are the symptoms to look for.

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    When learning what are the symptoms of sugar diabetes it is important to know that symptoms of Type I or Juvenile Diabetes develop very quickly. It is crucial that you take them to the doctor immediately is they show any of these symptoms. While the symptoms of Type II Diabetes are generally the same as for Type I, the effects occur over a longer period of time.

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    Frequent Urination

    Thirsty Child One of the first things you may notice in case of sugar diabetes is more frequent urination coupled with unquenchable thirst. This happens because the increased blood sugar levels pull fluid from the body’s tissues. Additionally, your child will eat more but possibly lose weight in spite of increased caloric intake. Since there is not enough insulin to allow the body’s cells to absorb sugar, muscles and organs begin to lose energy. This same inability to ‘feed’ the cells and organs of the body will make your child lethargic and fatigued.

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    Blurred Vision

    In severe cases, when the blood sugar levels are extremely high, your child may suffer from blurred vision. Fluid is pulled from all the body’s tissue by the excess sugar, including the lenses of the eyes, which results in the inability to focus properly.

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    Genital Teast Infection

    The first sign of Juvenile Diabetes in a girl may be a genital yeast infection. In babies, yeast infection would appear as an extreme diaper rash. Young children and babies will often suffer from dehydration and abdominal pain when suffering from Type I Diabetes. Thereby, it is extremely important for parents to have details of Type I Diabetes information.

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    Weight Loss

    As an adult at risk for diabetes, you should watch for the same Juvenile Diabetes symptoms. An obvious loss of weight despite increase of calories and increased thirst should lead you to understand it as a symptoms of sugar diabetes and examine other signs.

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    Prone to Infections

    In addition, you may notice that cuts or sores do not heal properly, if at all. Type II Diabetes will cause you to become immunosuppressed. In other words, you will become prone to infections and your immune system will not function properly to heal your body.

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    Acanthosis Nigricans

    Another symptom specific to Type II Diabetes is dark patches on the skin. Particularly in folds and creases of skin (armpits and neck), dark velvety skin patches may indicate insulin resistance. This condition is called acanthosis nigricans.

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    Either condition requires confirmation by a doctor. If, however, you suspect that your child or you are suffering from diabetes, it is crucial that you seek medical help as soon as possible. Especially in children, left to progress, your child can fall into a diabetic coma and even die. Diagnosis and treatment is essential. Feeling the need to ask ' what are the symptoms of sugar diabetes' should have you checking with your doctor.

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    Resources

    • American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/#%22
    • Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/type-1-diabetes-in-children/DS00931/DSECTION=symptoms

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