It is quite common for people to have diabetes for months or even years without realising they have it. This is because many people put the symptoms of diabetes down to old age and by the time they go to their doctor they have already developed some of the complications associated with diabetes such as heart problems, nerve damage, eye and foot problems.
People with Type 2 Diabetes develop the symptoms over a period of time and they are less severe, you may not even notice you have symptoms until the diabetes is diagnosed at routine medical examinations. The onset of diabetes can occur from between 9 and 12 years before people are diagnosed. This in turn results in people already having signs of diabetes complications.
This type of diabetes mainly affects people over 40. It is more commonly diagnosed in Asian or African-Caribbean, if you are overweight or if you have had diabetes during pregnancy. (Gestational Diabetes)
In both types of diabetes, the symptoms are quickly relieved once the diabetes is treated. Early treatment will also reduce the chances of developing serious health problems.
Gestational Diabetes usually occurs after the 24th week of pregnancy even if you do have diabetes previously. This may lead on to develop diabetes in later life and women who have had gestational diabetes should be screened every year. The symptoms are the same as those listed above.
N.B. If you do think you have any of these symptoms contact your GP.