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Signs and Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

In comparison to type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes usually begins with much milder symptoms, or without any symptoms at all.

All of the following can be symptoms of diabetes:

  • frequent peeing (urination) in large amounts (polyuria)
  • feeling very thirsty (polydipsia)
  • increased hunger
  • weight loss
  • blurry vision
  • yeast or bladder infections
  • wounds or cuts that won’t heal
  • feeling tired, drowsy, or weak

Occasionally, there is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This is a serious condition that occurs more often with type 1 diabetes. This can confuse the diagnosis.

Which children or teens should be screened for type 2 diabetes?

According to the 2008 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines, your child should be screened every 2 years for type 2 diabetes if the following conditions are met:

  1. your child is age 10 or older or has already started puberty, AND

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