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What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes?

People with type 2 diabetes often appear symptom-free in the early stages. That's the reason that as many as 30% of people with type 2 diabetes are unaware of their disease. When symptoms do appear, they may come on gradually and be very subtle. At the time of diagnoses many people have some of the following symptoms:

People with type 2 diabetes often share certain characteristics and related problems. The most common ones are:

What Makes Type 2 Diabetes Different In Children And Youth Compared To Adults?

Youth with type 2 diabetes most often have a strong family history of diabetes. Practically all young people diagnosed with type 2 will have at least a close relative with diabetes and up to 45-80% will have a parent with the disease.

Children are at greater risk if their mothers had poorly controlled diabetes while pregnant with them. In fact, when mothers have diabetes, they increase the risk that their child will have diabetes at any point throughout their child's lifetime even when they become adults.

Girls are 1.7 times more likely than boys to be affected. This may be due to factors associated with increased insulin resistance in girls with polycystic ovary syndrome. This is also true for adult women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

In addition, puberty has been identified as an important factor in the development of type 2 diabetes in children. Changes in hormone levels during this time cause insulin resistance and decreased insulin action – two of the factors that contribute to the development of type 2diabetes. In children, type 2 diabetes most often occurs during mid-puberty, even though cases as young as 4 years of age have been reported.

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Last Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 13:31:34
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