What are the symptoms of diabetes?

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June 26, 2015 2:17PM


The symptoms of diabetes are usually first noted as drinking more

because of a dry mouth or increased thirst, urinating more,

irritability, and feeling fatigued. The symptoms often but not

always begin with those and progress to either weight gain or

weight loss. If untreated, diabetes can have the common

complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis (which can be fatal),

diabetic neuropathy (which can cause loss of use of feet and

hands), blindness, kidney failure, heart failure, and death.

Sometimes it can simply begin with a sense of not feeling well,

lethargy, or tiredness not helped by rest. Every adult should get a

fasting blood glucose level check every year (because many people

are without symptoms). However, they can unknowingly be causing

damage to their body -- vascular, coronary, artery, kidney, and eye


Below is a list of symptoms. A diabetic may

experience some of the symptoms or all of them.

  • Frequent urination
  • Dry mouth (with or without thirst)
  • Increased thirst
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Little or no energy
  • Increased hunger
  • Itching of the skin
  • Genital itching
  • Yeast infections
  • Tingling or numbness of hands/fingers or feet/toes
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Significant weight gain (or weight loss) can occur with type 2


  • Blurred Vision
  • Slow healing of cuts and bruises
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Muscle spasms

Sometimes type 2 diabetes can go unnoticed and untreated if the

symptoms are not yet present, especially if the person is

borderline diabetic.

Occasionally, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms even

though they are unwell. In addition, you do not need to be

overweight to develop type 2 diabetes if there is a family history.

Type 2 diabetes can sometimes go undetected for years. It's

important to get regular medical check-ups. In some countries, such

as the UK, many pharmacies offer free blood tests.

If you suspect that you may be diabetic, or borderline diabetic,

please consult with your physician or medical adviser as soon as



Meanwhile, Try the Diabetic Symptoms Quiz

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February 23, 2015 12:00AM

It depends on what type of diabetes you have. Here are some

links to help you out




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January 12, 2015 12:01AM

Some of the symptoms of diabetes includes frequent urination,

blurred vision, excessive thirst, hunger ( after you finished

eating), headaches, fatigue, and diabetic coma.

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December 22, 2014 12:00AM

The problem with either type of diabetes is that the symptoms

can be of any other disease or condition. Some symptoms are extreme

hunger and thirst, frequent urination, extreme fatigue and weight

loss. Often the person thinks he might have the flu, but any long

lasting symptoms should cause a red flag to have your sugar


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July 28, 2014 12:00AM

Symptoms for type one diabetes are urinating frequently, unusual

thirst, excess hunger, excessive weight loss, and extreme fatigue

and irritability. Type 2 symptoms are any of the type 1 symptoms

plus frequent infections, blurred vision, cuts or bruises that heal

slowly, tingling or numbness in either the hands or feet, and

recurring infections on the skin or in the bladder or gums.

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September 23, 2013 7:10PM

There are many types of diabetes. The most common ones are type

1 and type 2. They are both characterized by having higher than

normal blood sugar levels and they can cause weight loss, increased

urination and thirst.

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January 11, 2013 9:02PM

The most common symptom of diabetes is painful urination,

followed by viscous urine as the kidneys do not lack the amount of

insulin to properly filter urine.

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January 11, 2013 9:02PM

Some of the more common symptoms of diabetes include the

frequent need to urinate, an increased thirst and/or hunger and

fatigue. There are others but these are the main ones.

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August 15, 2012 8:09PM

You can find the symptoms of diabetes at the health sites. They

post a lot of helpful information for early detection and for

treatments in the event.

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July 18, 2011 2:34PM

Diabetes is a condition which affects how blood sugar is

metabolized. Symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, sores

that are resistant to healing, increased hunger, frequent

urination, sudden weight loss, blurred vision and feeling


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