Learn Common Diabetes Symptoms

Find out if you have symptoms of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.

The symptoms of diabetes aren’t always straightforward. Some patients may have all of them, while others may have none of them. To be on the safe side, you should always talk to your doctor about health issues and symptoms that concern you. Your doctor can help you determine if you need further testing to find out if you have or are developing diabetes.

There are two major types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 2 diabetes can develop any time during life, may have no symptoms at first, and often occurs in patients who are overweight. Type 1 diabetes is also a lifelong disease, but is more often diagnosed when patients are children or young adults.

Diabetes is characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood, and can cause serious health complications. The CDC reports that Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Be on the lookout for the following symptoms of diabetes as detailed by the CDC:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Fatigue
  • Very dry skin
  • Sores that are slow to heal or more infections than usual

When blood sugar is very high, this is an emergency. Medline Plus reports that symptoms can include:

  • Deep, rapid breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • A flushed face
  • Fruity breath odor
  • Nausea or vomiting

Medical Center Arlington is committed to disease prevention and management. If you experience symptoms of diabetes, talk to your doctor about getting evaluated. If you need a physicial referral, please call 1-855-868-6262. For more information about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, visit our Health Library.

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