Symptoms of diabetes

Those who develop Type I diabetes usually experience a rapid onset of symptons, which may include:

  • frequent urination
  • extreme thirst or hunger
  • unusual weight loss
  • blurred vision
  • extreme fatigue
  • unexplained nausea and/or vomiting
  • irritability and/or extreme fatigue
  • sweet-smelling breath

People with Type II diabetes may experience few or no symptons, until the disease is identified in a routine medical examination or after the sudden onset of a secondary health problem. However symptons may include:

  • any symptons of Type I diabetes
  • frequent infections
  • slow healing of cuts, sores or skin infections
  • tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • recurring skin, gum or bladder infections

For more information about the disease, or a list of support groups in your area, call your local branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association (in addition to provincial ofices, there are 170 local branches across Canada).

You can also call, toll-free, at 1-800-Banting (1-800-226-8464), look up the CDA website at www.diabetes./a>, or e-mail the CDA at [email protected]