Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of complications.
Some of the complications can be disabling or even life-threatening.
The NHS outlines seven symptoms, and perhaps the one least associated with diabetes is feeling very thirsty.
The health body says the main symptoms, common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are:
- Urinating more often than usual, particularly at night
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very tired
- Unexplained weight loss
- Itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
- Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
- Blurred vision – caused by the lens of the eye becoming dry
While the signs and symptoms aren’t always obvious, diabetes can often be diagnosed during a routine check-up.
If you think you have diabetes, see your GP as soon as possible.
Early diagnosis and treatment for type 2 diabetes is very important as it may reduce the risk of developing complications later on.
Treatment for diabetes aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible, and making simple lifestyle changes can usually help this.