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:
- your child is age 10 or older or has already started puberty, AND