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Are these symptoms of Type 2 diabetes?

Hi there,

I am 19 years old, 20 in August… I have all the common Type 2 diabetes symptoms. I’ve been experiencing these symptoms for about 6 months I think, it could be longer, I have only been noticing these symptoms because it feels like its getting worse and that’s why I have been reading about diabetes.

Is it normal for a person my age to get Type 2 diabetes?

Also, at random times of the day, especially when I stand for about 3 to 5 minutes, I will lose my vision and hearing and I will turn a pale colour. After about 2 minutes it comes right but I sometimes experience it again straight after!

Every time this happens I am standing and then to get it stable I have to be lying down or sitting!

Can this ‘low blood pressure’ feeling be a cause of diabetes?

– Andrea

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  1. Hi Andrea,

    I’m a freelance writer and have done a lot of work on diabetes for leading healthcare companies.

    To answer your question, it’s not unusual for someone of your age to develop Type 2 diabetes as approximately 45% of all new cases are diagnosed in children and young adults. However, the only way to be sure that you’ve developed the condition is to be tested. It’s a simple procedure and you can even have a basic test done at any Dis-Chem pharmacy.

    It’s important to do this before you make any assumptions about your condition, as your symptoms may or may not be due to diabetes. Your paleness could, for instance, be a symptom of anaemia rather than of diabetes.

    Also, if you do have diabetes, the sooner it’s diagnosed and treated the better. If the condition is diagnosed early, simple lifestyle changes could be all that’s needed to manage it. So make it your priority to get tested, and take it from there.

    Hope this is of some help …

    All the best,

  2. Lyn Starck Lyn Starck

    Dear Andrea
    Type 2 Diabetes can occur at any age especially if you are overweight but it is more common in mature adults.You are young and the symptoms you are experiencing are not typical of Diabetes and are more likely to be another cause such as low blood pressure or anaemia.Please go to your doctor ASAP so that he can ascertain what is causing your symptoms and give you the necessary advice and treatment
    Good luck
    Lyn Starck

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