Diabetes affects around 3.7 million people in the UK, and most of the cases are caused by type 2 diabetes.
The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Diagnosing diabetes early is crucial, as patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart disease and strokes.
You could be at risk of high blood sugar if your poo is always runny, it’s been revealed.
Persistent runny poo, or diarrhoea, could be an early warning sign of diabetes, according to the Continence Foundation of Australia.
But on the other end of the spectrum, it could also cause your stools to become harder than normal.
Any changes to your toilet habits should be seen by a doctor, as it could be a sign of diabetes.
“Diabetes can cause pee [urine] and poo [bowel] problems,” warned the foundation.
“This happens if the diabetes is not well looked after and there is too much sugar in the blood.
“A lot of people with diabetes have these problems. Diabetes upsets the nerves that tell the bladder (pee bag) to fill up and empty.
“Too much sugar in the blood can cause pee or poo problems like a strong feeling to pee, or runny poo or runny tummy.”
The condition could also lead to leaking urine because you don’t make it to the toilet in time, it added.
Other diabetes symptoms include having some urine leak out after leaving the toilet, or having a burning pain because of an infection in the urine.
Drinking plenty of fluids – around six glasses of water every day – could help to prevent some toilet symptoms of diabetes.
It could also help to avoid drinking caffeinated drinks, including coffee, energy drinks, and some fizzy drinks.
Other common diabetes signs include having blurred vision, extreme fatigue and feeling very thirsty.
But it may be difficult to know if you’re at risk of the condition, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell, said the NHS.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet may help to lower your chances of developing diabetes.
Doing regular exercise and taking regular blood tests is crucial to managing your blood sugar.
You should see a GP if you’re worried about the signs and symptoms of diabetes.