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Signs of Diabetes

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes:

The symptoms of diabetes progress according to the range and duration of high blood sugar levels. The symptoms usually start mild (e.g. poorly healing skin rashes), and then progress to the more severe symptoms (e.g. excessive thirst and urination), and then finally to the dangerous life-threatening conditions of HHNS or DKA. The progression of symptoms is usually slow over years for Type 2 diabetes and rapid over weeks or months for Type 1 diabetes. People with Type 2 diabetes often are undiagnosed long enough that they start to get symptoms of the complications of diabetes, such as kidney and foot problems....more...»

Symptoms of Diabetes

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Diabetes may include:

Note that Diabetes symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Diabetes signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Diabetes:

Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Many people have no signs or symptoms. Symptoms can also be so mild that you might not even notice them. Five million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes and do not know it. Here is what to look for:

  • increased thirst
  • increased hunger
  • fatigue
  • increased urination, especially at night
  • weight loss
  • blurred vision
  • sores that do not heal

Sometimes people have symptoms but do not suspect diabetes. They delay scheduling a checkup because they do not feel sick. Many people do not find out they have the disease until they have diabetes complications, such as blurry vision or heart trouble. It is important to find out early if you have diabetes because treatment can prevent damage to the body from diabetes. (Source: excerpt from Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: NIDDK)

Keep your kidneys healthy: NIDDK (Excerpt)

An early sign of kidney damage is when your kidneys leak small amounts of a protein called albumin (al-BYOO-min) into the urine.

With more damage, the kidneys leak more and more protein. This problem is called proteinuria (PRO-tee-NOOR-ee-uh). More and more wastes build up in the blood. This damage gets worse until the kidneys fail. (Source: excerpt from Keep your kidneys healthy: NIDDK)

Dealing With Diabetes -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Some people with diabetes feel "run down" or have symptoms that may go unrecognized. Others have symptoms such as feeling thirsty, urinating frequently, losing weight, feeling tired, having blurred vision, getting skin infections, and having slow healing cuts and bruises. These problems should be reported to a doctor right away. (Source: excerpt from Dealing With Diabetes -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

More Symptoms of Diabetes:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Diabetes article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

These general reference articles may be related to medical signs and symptoms of disease in general:

What are the signs of Diabetes?

The phrase "signs of Diabetes" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Diabetes that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Diabetes" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Diabetes.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Diabetes. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Diabetes has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Diabetes signs or Diabetes symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Diabetes may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Diabetes symptoms.


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