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Could I have diabetes, if so which type, and what type?

Could I have diabetes, if so which type, and what type is worse? Over the past couple of moths I have found myself: - Very thirsty - With a dry mouth - Each day feeling more and more out of energy - Constantly tired - Slight weight loss - Needing to urinate more than normal Could I have diabetes, Which type, Which type is worse? Thanks guys rather worried to be honest. x
Mon, 9 Apr 2012
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Dear patient,

the symptoms of diabetes are polyuria and polydypsia, which mean excessive urination, excessive thirst, also you can have increased appetite with weight loss.
The way to find out if you have diabetes would be to get your blood sugar levels checked, a raised blood sugar levels would indicate diabetes . Type I diabetes means that the beta cells in pancreas are not able to produce enough insulin hence insulin has to be given. In Type II diabetes the bodies muscle and fat tissues are unable to take up the insulin. Type 2 is the most common kind of diabetes but it can be treated with oral medication as well. I would advise you not to worry you can just consult your doctor and get a routine blood checkup done. It may not be diabetes at all and if it is then proper treatment is available.

I wish you all the best
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Dr.Neerja
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Hi.. It is difficult to diagnose the type of diabetes based on the symptoms.. However these symptoms are more in favour of Type 1 diabetes. If your age is less than 15 years your are probably having Type 1 diabetes.  You can confirm this by getting a serum(blood)insulin levels.. Both types diabetes are equally serious when not properly managed.  Out of which type 1 diabetes can lead to acute life threatening complications when not properly managed...

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