What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes?

Could I have diabetes?

You may have all, some, or none of these DIABETES WARNING SIGNS:

  • being very thirsty
  • urinating often
  • feeling very hungry or tired
  • losing weight without trying
  • having sores that are slow to heal
  • having dry, itchy skin
  • losing feeling in the feet or having tingling in the feet
  • having blurry eyesight

What am I going to do about it?

Consider getting tested:

  • if you are 45 years or older, even if you don't have any signs or symptoms.
  • if you are younger than 45 and ...
  • overweight
  • inactive
  • have high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • have a brother, sister, mother or father with diabetes, or
  • you are an African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic American, or Pacific Islander
Get tested if you are 45 years or older and overweight.

To learn more:

Early Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
This page provides symptoms of both types of diabetes and what you should do if you experience these symptoms.
Basics About Diabetes: What are the symptoms of diabetes?
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
This CDC page describes the symptoms of diabetes as well as providing other basics about the disease such as risks, treatment, and prevention.

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Written by: Barbara Carlson, M.L.S.
Last Modified: Monday December 09, 2019 12:21 PM