There are no particular diabetes symptoms that are only present in women over the age of 50, as all diabetes symptoms can occur in both genders and at all ages, reports the American Diabetes Association. However, people who have type 2 diabetes as well as women who have gestational diabetes often do not experience symptoms.
This is particularly problematic because it make it difficult to diagnose early, which leads to more severe problems and diabetes complications notes the American Diabetes Association. It is, therefore, important for all pregnant women to attend routine check-ups that test for possible gestational diabetes. On the other hand, people who have type 1 diabetes may experience symptoms suddenly.
The most common symptoms that are experienced with diabetes are frequent urination to the point of almost every hour, tiredness, vomiting, nausea, increased appetite, increased thirst needs, blurred vision, dry mouth, itching skin, cuts that are slow to heal and genital infections, reports WebMD. Sometimes patients will also experience problems with their breathing and may find that they are breathing heavier than they usually do with a different smell on their breath. If this happens, the patient may be experiencing ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is life-threatening and related to type 1 diabetes, according to WebMD. It must be treated immediately.