How To Recognize Diabetes Symptoms

The symptoms of diabetes are many, but the recognizable ones are few. Many of the symptoms associated with diabetics are also associated with other problems, including just getting older. Recognizing the signs of diabetes, however, can mean catching it early and thus having a better outcome for treatment and even a cure.

Any single symptom may not necessarily be proof of diabetes, though any of the following symptoms should be followed up with a physician. Ask about diabetes information when you do.

Sudden Weight Loss

Although diabetes is associated with obesity in most people's minds, it can work both ways. Some who are normal or just slightly overweight can suddenly see weight loss. This is especially true in type 1 diabetes. Even if it's not because you're diabetic, sudden weight loss is never a good sign and should be checked quickly.

Frequent Urination

Another common sign, this one may or may not indicate diabetes. If it's happening alongside another symptom, though, it's something to have checked immediately. Sometimes, urination just happens more often because of dietary changes (perhaps less salt, more water intake, etc) and is not serious.

Blurred Vision

A fairly common symptom of diabetes, blurred vision is often a first sign of many ailments. If your vision perceptibly changes as often as daily, you should definitely see a doctor.

Extreme Thirst

If you just can't seem to quench your thirst, it's a sign you could be having one of several problems, including diabetes.

Numbness / Tingling

A numbness or tingling in your extremities is a sign of circulatory problems and is a big indicator of diabetes. It could mean other things as well, but if it happens often, you should talk to a doctor soon.

Chronic Fatigue

This often accompanies the other symptoms on our list, especially weight loss and blurred vision. It's a sign that your body is working harder to accomplish everyday things and means it's dealing with something. With diabetics, the fatigue is due to the insulin control problems their bodies have.

No matter what symptom you're experiencing, if it's on this list, it's worth seeing a doctor for it.

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