And Weight Loss. Drink a lot, pee a lot, eat unbelivable quantities of food and eventually serious weight loss in relatively early stages. A pearl--if a child sleeps 8-10 hrs at night without peeing, diabetes very highly unlikely.
Depends on the type. Increased thirst and urination, even unintentional weight loss can be typical of type 1 diabetes, but type 2 can be more subtle. A positive family history is for t2dm is an important "symptom", acanthosis nigricans (dark discoloration of the skin in folds of neck or arm pits) can be seen, weight gain and --yes-- frequent urination and thirst. The diagnosis is made by lab studies--get them!
Apetite/weight loss. Kids develop dm after an infection destroys their Insulin production. Insulin is a carrier protein that transfers sugar from the blood to cells for energy, if there is no insulin, the blood sugar builds up & begins to draw water & sugar into the urine. The kid eats & pees like crazy but gets sick , looses 10 lb in a week & ends up in an er. Milder presentations can occur. Read more...