Symptoms of Diabetes

When discussing the symptoms of diabetes, it's important to note that they can vary between individuals and there are no clear-cut, definitive symptoms that everyone will experience.

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This can make identifying the condition feel as challenging as comparing life insurance quotes during a financial crisis.

The best course of action is to educate yourself about the potential symptoms and consider how many of them apply to you.

Common symptoms of diabetes 

Some common symptoms of diabetes include:

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• Excessive thirst and increased urination

High blood sugar levels can cause fluid to move from cells into the bloodstream, leading to dehydration of the body's cells. This can trigger an increase in thirst and the need to drink more fluids, which can, in turn, lead to more frequent urination.

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• Increased hunger and weight gain

When you have diabetes, your body loses too much fluid and sugar, which can trigger cravings for sweet or starchy foods and lead to weight gain.

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• Vision changes

Diabetes can cause changes in eye tissues that can affect your ability to focus and lead to blurred vision. This can be reversible with treatment, but in severe cases, it can lead to blindness.


• Slow healing skin infections

Diabetes can hinder the body's natural healing process, leading to recurrent skin infections. Women may also experience difficulty recovering from vaginal and bladder yeast infections.


• Tingling or numbness

High blood sugar levels can damage nerves and blood vessels, leading to tingling or numbness in the hands or feet and even burning sensations.

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• Gum disorders

Diabetes can lead to gum tenderness, swelling, redness, and infections, which can cause teeth to become loose or fall out. An alternative to protect gums and a no-carbohydrates sweetener can help in this regard.

Other Diabetes Symptoms

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Diabetic individuals may also experience fatigue, loss of appetite, dry skin, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, or hair loss.

It's important to note that not everyone will experience all of these symptoms, and some people may not even be aware that they have diabetes.

If you suspect that you may have diabetes, you can take a simple blood sugar test and consult with your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc       

Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist

Last updated 03/02/2023


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