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Although the symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be very similar, the way in which they develop are usually very different. In Type 1 diabetes the symptoms appear rapidly, and are usually very noticeable. The signs of Type 2 diabetes, in the other hand, can develop at such a slow rate that the condition can exist for many months, sometimes years, before being diagnosed.

The symptoms of Type 2 diabetes generally appear in people over the age of forty. However, Type 1 diabetes will typically appear in children and young adults, who often become very ill before treatment can be provided.

The two main symptoms of both types of diabetes are Polyuria and Polydipsia. Polyuria is where your rate of urination increases considerably. You will find yourself emptying your bladder every hour or two. Polydipsia is where you have an increased, and often unquenchable thirst. No matter how much fluid you take on, you will still feel thirsty.

Another tell tale sign of diabetes is that although your appetite has increased, you will find yourself losing weight. This is because your body begins to breaks down your fat and muscles reserves in order to compensate for the lack of energy caused by insufficient glucose levels.

Other common symptoms of diabetes include cramps, blurred vision, dry skin, and skin infections. You will also feel very tired, and have a severe lack of energy.

Tingling or numbness in your hands, feet or legs is also a sign of the onset of diabetes. Otherwise known as Neuropathy, this condition develops as a result of damage to the nervous system caused by too much glucose in the blood.

If you do feel any of these signs or symptoms, it's important to make an appointment with your local GP as soon as possible. Early detection of diabetes can help address the condition before it has the chance to develop, and cause serious damage to your body.

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