Thursday, November 4, 2010

What are the SYMPTOMS of diabetes?

Welcome back to my blog! Today I'm going to answer those burning questions you've had about how to tell if you might have diabetes. Of course, the only way to know for sure is to visit your doctor. But, there are some things you can be on the look out for, so read on!

There are several different types of diabetes (which I will discuss in the next post), and each type has its own unique set of symptoms. All types of diabetes have enough symptoms in common, however, that in this post I will just be writing about the majority of symptoms they all share. As always, if you feel you may have diabetes, or have any concerns along those lines, PLEASE see a doctor!

Here are some common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Vision changes
  • Tingling or numb feet or hands
  • Fatigue
  • Sores that don't heal quickly
  • Weight loss that can't be explained
  • Recurring bladder or yeast infections (including thrush)
If your diabetes has a quick onset, in addition to the above symptoms, you may also experience nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.

With the development of Type 2 diabetes, these symptoms are often not as noticeable or pronounced, and sometimes there are even NO SYMPTOMS AT ALL! (which is why so many Type 2 diabetics go undiagnosed for YEARS!)

If you want to learn more about the symptoms of diabetes, check out these links from the ADA and the CDC.

And just a reminder: World Diabetes Day is coming up on November 14th! Don't forget to wear blue that day, and to spread the word by posting a banner on your web-site or blog!

NEXT UP: What are the different types of diabetes? How are they the same/different?

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