WATCH: Three Warning Signs of Diabetes

Not feeling 100% like yourself? It happens to all of us, and in our busy lives we often attribute it to lack of sleep or not eating properly (or at all) and just assuming you’ll get better when you have some time to rest on the weekend. But after that rest doesn’t help, you may start wondering if it could be something serious like diabetes. If so, here are three diabetes warning signs that might clue you in.

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Difference Between Type 1 & 2 Diabetes

Both diabetes type 1 and 2 are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar, or glucose — the fuel that feeds your body’s cells. The way glucose enters your cells is through insulin.

People with type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin.

People with type 2 diabetes produce insulin but their body doesn’t process it as well as people without diabetes. Sometimes, their bodies get to a point where they don’t make enough insulin at all.

Type 1 diabetes used to be referred to as juvenile diabetes because it would often develop in childhood or adolescence. However, it is possible to develop type 1 diabetes later in life.

As stated, people with type 2 diabetes have insulin but their body doesn’t process it. Lifestyle factors may contribute to it, like being overweight or not getting enough exercise. Other genetic and environmental factors may also play a role.

Diabetes Type 1 & 2 Warning Signs

These warning signs are prevelant for both types of diabetes.

  • Hunger and fatigue. 
    If your body isn’t making enough or any insulin, or if your cells aren’t consuming it, then you’ll lack energy. This can make you hungrier and more tired than usual.
  • Peeing more often and being thirstier. 
    The average person pees between four and seven times in 24 hours. People with diabetes may go a lot more. In turn, this can make you very thirsty, so you drink more. When you drink more, you’ll also pee more, and so on.
  • Dry mouth and itchy skin. 
    According to WebMD, because your body is using fluids to make pee, you can get dehydrated. That can cause dry mouth and itchy skin.
  • Blurred vision. 
    Yep, that fluid also impacts your eyes. It makes the lenses swell up (gross, we know), so it’s hard for them to focus.

Warning Signs of Diabetes — Sources

American Diabetes Association