Signs and symptoms of diabetes in young adults?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 18, 2011
Quick Bites

  • Being very thirsty or hungry is a symptom of diabetes.
  • Losing weight without trying is one sign of diabetes in young adults.
  • Frequent urination is experienced with diabetes in young adults.
  • They also might feel tingling sensation in their feet.

Today, due to a change in lifestyle, the age group when diabetes would strike has gone down to young adults. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but it is most often diagnosed in children, adolescents, or young adults. With type 1 diabetes, beta cells produce little or no insulin.

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. Most likely it is an autoimmune disorder. This is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. With type 1 diabetes, an infection or another trigger causes the body to mistakenly attack the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. The tendency to develop autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, can be passed down through families.

Signs  and symptoms of diabetes

High blood sugar:
The following symptoms may be the first signs of type 1 diabetes. Or they may occur when blood sugar is high.

  • Being very thirsty
  • Feeling hungry
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Having blurry eyesight
  • Feeling numbness or tingling in your feet
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Urinating more often (including urinating at night or bedwetting in children who were dry overnight before)

symptoms of diabetes in young adults

For other people, these serious warning symptoms may be the first signs of diabetes. Or, they may happen when blood sugar is very high (diabetic ketoacidosis):

  • Deep, rapid breathing
  • Dry skin and mouth
  • Flushed face
  • Fruity breath odor
  • Nausea or vomiting; inability to keep down fluids
  • Stomach pain

Low blood sugar:
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can develop quickly in people with diabetes who are taking insulin. Symptoms usually appear when a person's blood sugar level falls below 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Watch for:

  • Headache
  • Hunger
  • Nervousness
  • Rapid heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Weakness

If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, you may need to have a checkup each week until you have good control over your blood sugar.

As your diabetes becomes more stable, you will have fewer follow-up visits. Visiting your doctor is very important so you can monitor any long-term problems from diabetes.

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