Symptoms And Types Of Diabetes

The three types of Diabetes and the symptoms of each. What does the different types of Diabetes mean and the specific symptoms.

Type 1 diabetes (IDDM) Insulin Dependant:

This is usually referred to as Juvenile diabetes or develops in adults before the age of 30. This type of diabetes is maintained by insulin that has to be given on a regular basis, a strict diabetic diet and close monitoring of blood levels to assure no kidney damage. The patient as well as the family is educated on eating habits and healthy lifestyles. Knowing the possible adverse reactions of symptoms of low or high sugar levels are a must to prevent diabetic coma or insulin shock.

Common symptoms:

Very thirsty, increase in urinations, foul odor to urine, urine may be dark in color, the breath with smell fruity or sweet, rapid weight loss, stomach cramps, numbness or tingling in feet or hands, blurry vision. Not healing properly when they are cut or wounded, easily infected, develop other infections easily example, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

Type 2 diabetes (NIDDM) Non-Insulin Dependant:

This is usually developed later in life between ages of 30 or later. Associated with being overweight and poor nutritional status. A falsie that many seem to think those that are over weight could not be mal nourished is just not so. The under as well as over weight person are just as likely to be malnourished due to improper dietary habits. This condition may call for insulin and oral medications along with proper strict diabetic diets. The type 2 diabetic patients on the whole are usually the most non-compliant patient and take much encouragement to explain how to care for themselves. Not unlike the type 1 patient the also need to be taught the signs and symptoms of diabetic coma or insulin shock caused by fluctuating glucose levels.



Common Symptoms:

Symptoms may be vague or develop symptoms such as Very thirsty, increase in urinations, foul odor to urine, urine may be dark in color, the breath with smell fruity or sweet, stomach cramps, numbness or tingling in feet or hands, blurry vision. Not healing properly when they have an infection.

Gestational diabetes: During pregnancy

Symptoms are rare; may feel tired, hungry, dizziness or headache. This develops during pregnancy and is picked up during usually the second visit to the physician by a five-hour glucose tolerance test. You physician will treat according the severity of the condition. Side effects are usually a very large baby; some babies will be well over the normal 7 pounds. After pregnancy the patient is again tested to assure the gestational diabetes had not developed into NIDDM.

Disclaimer: This is not meant for diagnostic purposes only informational purposes. If you feel you suffer from any of these symptoms please contact your physician and follow his or her directions.

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