Are You Missing These Signs of Diabetes?
If you have these symptoms, it's time to be checked for diabetes.
Many people are surprised to find out they have type 2 diabetes because they don't notice any symptoms. Early symptoms of the disease often develop gradually and don't jump out as being a sign that something is wrong. Or they're so mild that they go unnoticed. If you do have noticeable symptoms, it often means your blood sugar levels are out of control and you may have started to develop complications from the disease.
Diabetes raises your risk for a number of other serious health issues, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease and even cancer. That's why it's so important to know whether you have diabetes so you can begin treatment to keep blood glucose levels under control and lower your risk of developing complications.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of type 2 diabetes:
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Feeling hungry, even though you are eating
- Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
- Vision changes (blurry vision)
- Slow healing of cuts or bruises
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, don't ignore it. Even if you don't feel sick, it's best to tell your doctor about your symptoms so you can determine whether to be tested for the disease. This is especially important if you have diabetes risk factors such as being overweight, having heart disease or having a family history of diabetes. If you had pregnancy-related diabetes, it's also important to pay attention to early warning signs, since gestational diabetes puts you at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
There are several different blood tests your doctor can order that can diagnose diabetes or prediabetes (meaning your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes). Getting tested is important so you can either begin treatment or can take steps to avoid developing diabetes in the future.
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Date Last Reviewed: February 3, 2022
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Medical Review: Perry Pitkow, MD