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Signs and Symptoms

type 1

The symptoms are often sudden and can be life threatening if not treated. They can include:

  • extreme thirst
  • frequent urination
  • sudden unexplained weight loss
  • extreme fatigue
  • blurred vision
  • muscle cramps
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constant hunger

type 2

In type 2 diabetes, many people have no symptoms at all, while other signs can go unnoticed and mistaken as part of “getting older’.

Common symptoms can include:

  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • feeling tired and lethargic
  • always feeling hungry
  • having cuts that heal slowly
  • itching
  • skin infections
  • blurred vision
  • gradually putting on weight
  • mood swings
  • headaches
  • feeling dizzy
  • leg cramps

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, have a family history of diabetes, have taken the AusDrisk test and scored a high risk or have any concerns, it is important to make an appointment to speak with your GP as the earlier diabetes is diagnosed, the better.


The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.