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The symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be very similar. It's important to act on these warning signs to address the problem at an early stage, and to prevent further health issues from arising.

Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes involve too much glucose in the blood and not enough in the cells of your body. This imbalance causes a number of tell tale signs to develop.

The first possible warning sign of diabetes is a significant increase in the number of timse you urinate each day. Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood.

This frequent urination will often be combined with a feeling of unquenchable thirst. This is a classic sign of the onset of diabetes, and should prompt a trip to your local doctor.

Another warning sign of diabetes is involuntary weight loss. More noticeable with Type 1 diabetes, this unexplained weight loss occurs because the body breaks down fat and muscle tissue for energy, to compensate for the lack of glucose in its cells.

This lack of glucose will also cause fatigue, weakness, and a general feeling of lethargy. This lack of energy is made worse by the aforementioned frequent urination and the depletion of your muscle and fat reserves.

Neuropathy can be one of the major warning sing of diabetes. This tingling or numbness can develop in your hands, feet or legs as a result of damage to the nervous system caused by too much glucose in the blood. This can occur very quickly in Type 1 diabetes, but it can take many months to develop to a noticeable stage in Type 2 diabetes.

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