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It's important to take control of your diabetes as soon as you're diagnosed, and that begins with early detection. Symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 may include:

• Increased thirst and frequent urination

• Extreme hunger

• Fatigue, or a feeling of being "run down" and tired

• Blurred vision

• Dry, itchy skin

• Tingling or burning pain in the feet, legs, hands, or other body parts

• High blood pressure

• Mood swings or depression

• Frequent infections, such as urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and skin infections

• Slow healing of cuts and bruises

While these symptoms can occur very rapidly in individuals with type 1, they tend to develop over time or not at all individuals with type 2.

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Reviewed by Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFNC. 8/13


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