What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children?

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children are similar to those in adults: excessive thirst, excessive urination, and fatigue (neuropathy, or nerve pain, is however rare in children and teens, however). But some children with the condition don't show any symptoms, or develop them slowly. Often it is discovered on routine blood tests before any symptoms are obvious. 
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Most patients with type 2 diabetes do not have any symptoms and are often diagnosed by a screening blood sugar test. Others may have one or more of the following symptoms: excessive tiredness, skin or urinary infections, itchy vagina, drinking excessive fluids (polydipsia), excessive urination (polyuria), and urinating through the night (nocturia).

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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