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Two types of diabetes can have different symptoms

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Q: What are the symptoms of diabetes? -- Mimoza in Temple Hills, Maryland

A: Mimoza, as you may know, there are two types of diabetes: type 1, sometimes called juvenile diabetes; and type 2, called adult-onset diabetes.

Their symptoms are slightly different.

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes often occur suddenly and might include increased thirst and hunger; dry mouth; frequent urination; unexplained weight loss; fatigue; blurred vision; and numbness or tingling of the hands or feet.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes might be the same as type 1, but most often, they develop very gradually, or there might be no symptoms at all. Other symptoms might include: slow-healing sores or cuts; itching of the skin, usually in the vaginal or groin area; yeast infections; and recent weight gain.

Diabetes is a chronic condition, meaning there is no cure. That is why it is important to diagnose and manage the disease early on. If you suspect you have developed diabetes, please talk to your doctor.

Q: Is it possible to get the flu from a flu shot? -- Linda in Los Gatos, California

A: Good question, Linda. Getting a yearly flu shot is an easy and effective way to prevent the flu.

Yet many people choose not to get the vaccine because they believe it can give them the flu.

That is a myth and simply not true.

The vaccine is made from inactivated -- or killed -- virus.

Sometimes people who get a vaccine still get sick.

Why? One reason might be that they were infected with a different strain from the ones used in the vaccine.

Or they could have been infected by the virus soon after vaccination but before the body had a chance to become immune.

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