What are the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes?

Many children do not have symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. In many cases, they are diagnosed through a regular screening test, such as a blood test.

Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes may include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Bed-wetting in children who previously did not wet the bed during the night
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Irritability and other mood changes
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent vaginal yeast infections
  • Ketoacidosis or DKA (a rare but serious condition that causes high levels of ketones, or acids, in the blood. The body makes ketones when it breaks down fat and muscle for energy instead of sugar. This usually happens when people do not eat for a long time. It can also happen if your child’s body does not make enough insulin. Symptoms of DKA include abdominal (belly area) pain, vomiting, difficulty breathing, dehydration, confusion or feeling very tired/weak.

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