Some of the most common signs and symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling hungry all the time
  • Frequent urination
  • A constant urge to urinate
  • Feeling tired all of the time
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision

Let’s talk about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and prediabetes, including what you should do if you think you have diabetes.


Frequently Asked Questions




What Are The Signs and Symptoms Of Type 1 Diabetes?


The signs of type 1 diabetes are:

  • Irritability
  • Unexplained or unintended weight loss
  • Bed-wetting, more common in children

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes are:

  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling hungry all the time
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Frequent urination
  • Intense urge to urinate
  • Feeling moody or irritable
  • Blurred vision or vision loss

What does the average person diagnosed with type 1 diabetes look like?

  • The average age to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is 14 years of age.

  • Both male and females may be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes though it affects females more than it does males.

  • Often, those who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will experience unintended weight loss.

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What Are The Signs and Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes?


The signs of type 2 diabetes are:

  • Weakened immunity or getting sick more often
  • Slow healing cuts and bruises
  • Itchy skin

The symptoms of uncontrolled type 2 diabetes:

  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling hungry all the time
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Frequent urination
  • Intense urge to urinate
  • Higher frequency of yeast infections

Long term, uncontrolled blood sugars can also result in:

  • Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
  • Unexplained pain in the hands and feet

What does the average person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes look like?

  • The average age to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is 45 years of age and older, however, it is important to note the average age is lowering in the wake of the higher incidence of childhood obesity and the higher number of children who are overweight.

  • Both male and females may be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes though it affects males more than females.

  • Often, those who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

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What Are The Signs and Symptoms Of Gestational Diabetes?


The signs of gestational diabetes include:

  • Nausea
  • Bladder infections
  • Vaginal infections (especially yeast infections)
  • Skin infections
  • Sugar detected in the urine on a dipstick test

The symptoms of gestational diabetes include:

  • Feeling thirsty all the time
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Frequent urination
  • Having a dry mouth
  • Blurred vision

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood glucose levels during pregnancy.

Most women are tested for gestational diabetes at 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. Women who are over the age of 35, have a family history or are significantly overweight may be tested on a more regular or routine basis.

What does the average person with gestational diabetes look like?

  • Gestational diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in expectant mothers who are over the age of 35, are overweight or obese or have a family history of the condition.

  • Gestational diabetes only affects women.

  • Often, those who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes were overweight before their pregnancy, in other instances, rapid weight gain at the beginning of the pregnancy can lead to insulin resistance.

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What Are The Signs and Symptoms Of Prediabetes?


There are no signs and/or symptoms of prediabetes in most cases.

There are usually no signs or symptoms of prediabetes, at least, not until the condition has developed and is nearly at the point of being a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

This makes getting tested on a regular basis all the more important, especially if you have a family history.

If you are over the age of 45, you should be getting tested for diabetes every 3 years.


What does the average person with prediabetes look like?

The average person with prediabetes looks the same as someone who is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in most instances.

  • The average age to be diagnosed with prediabetes is 45 years of age and older, however, it is important to note the average age is lowering in the wake of the higher incidence of childhood obesity and the higher number of children who are being classified as overweight.

  • Both male and females may be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes though it affects males more than females.

  • Often, those who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

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If you suspect that you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of any type of diabetes, it is important that you get screened as soon as possible.

With LetsGetChecked, you can check your diabetes status from home with results available in just one week. The LetsGetChecked HbA1C test is suitable for those who have diabetes and want to monitor their average blood sugar levels on an on-going basis and for those who suspect that they may have diabetes and want to gain more health insights.

If you want to learn more about the testing options that we have available or you simply want to learn more from our medical team, you can contact us via live chat, either way, it’s always good to know.


Written by Hannah Kingston | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Susan O’ Sullivan