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Published on November 11, 2016

Diabetes Meter

Are You Missing the Signs of Diabetes?

Knowing what to look for can help you treat diabetes before you develop complications.

Diabetes MeterMany people are surprised to find out they have type 2 diabetes because they don’t notice any symptoms. That’s because many of the early symptoms of the disease develop gradually and don’t jump out as being a sign that something is wrong. Or they’re so mild that they go unnoticed. If you do have noticeable symptoms, it often means your blood sugar levels are out of control and you may have started to develop complications from the disease.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of type 2 diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst
  • Feeling hungry, even though you are eating
  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
  • Vision changes (blurry vision)
  • Slow healing of cuts or bruises

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, don’t ignore it. Even if you don’t feel sick, it’s best to tell your doctor about your symptoms so you can determine whether to be tested for the disease. This is especially important if you have diabetes risk factors such as being overweight, having heart disease or having a family history of diabetes. If you had pregnancy-related diabetes, it’s also important to pay attention to early warning signs, since gestational diabetes puts you at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

There are several different blood tests your doctor can order that can diagnose diabetes or prediabetes (meaning your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes). Getting tested is important so you can either begin treatment or can take steps to avoid developing diabetes in the future.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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