Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes

Typical symptoms of type 1 diabetes are:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually develop very quickly in young people (over a few days or weeks). In adults, the symptoms often take longer to develop (a few months).

These symptoms occur because the lack of insulin means that glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy. Your body tries to reduce blood glucose levels by getting rid of the excess glucose in your urine.

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

The symptoms of diabetes occur because the lack of insulin means glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.

Your body tries to reduce blood glucose levels by getting rid of the excess glucose in your urine.

Typical symptoms include:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk

See your GP if you think you may have diabetes. It’s very important for it to be diagnosed as soon as possible as it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

Reduce Your Risk

We can all reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes through maintaining a healthy weight, being active and eating a healthy diet.

Take this quick and simple test to find out if you’re at risk of type 2 diabetes.