Some people who are diagnosed with diabetes haven’t experienced any diabetes symptoms — their diabetes was diagnosed from the results of a simple blood test.
Many people, however, may notice one or more of the following diabetes warning signs:
- Urinating frequently. Since your kidneys must remove the excess glucose from your blood, it ends up in your urine, which can cause more frequent urination with more volume.
- Increased thirst. When you lose an increased amount of fluid through frequent urination, you may become dehydrated and thirsty. You’ll notice that you are drinking more fluids to stay hydrated.
- Excessive hunger. You may notice that you feel hungry all the time. Your body is unable to use the glucose you have and is trying to tell you it needs more fuel.
- Unexplained weight loss. Since your body is unable to use your blood glucose effectively, it begins to break down your energy stores such as fat, which can result in weight loss or a failure to gain weight in growing children. This can happen even though you are hungry and eating more.
- Fatigue. Feeling tired is a common diabetes symptom because your body cannot convert the glucose in your blood into usable energy.
- Irritable mood. Along with hunger and fatigue, it is not uncommon to feel irritable when you have diabetes.
- Blurred vision. High blood glucose levels can cause you to temporarily experience blurred vision.
If you begin to notice any one of the above mentioned symptoms please contact your primary care physician.