The symptoms of diabetes are related to high blood glucose levels. They include:
Extremely high blood sugar levels also can lead to a dangerous complication called hyperosmolar syndrome. This is a life-threatening form of dehydration. In some cases, hyperosmolar syndrome is the first sign that a person has type 2 diabetes. It causes confused thinking, weakness, nausea and even seizure and coma.
The treatment of type 2 diabetes also can produce symptoms, when it leads to the complication of low blood sugar (called hypoglycemia). People with type 2 diabetes take medications to reduce blood sugar. But these medications may cause sugar levels to drop below normal, particularly if someone has eaten less than usual. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
You can correct hypoglycemia by eating or drinking something that has carbohydrates. This raises your blood sugar level.
Type 2 diabetes affects all parts of the body. It can cause serious, potentially life-threatening complications. These include:
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