Monday, November 18, 2019 - Recognizing Diabetes

Recognizing Diabetes

Millions of people in the United States have diabetes, but they do not know it. Early symptoms of diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, aren't always obvious. In fact, signs and symptoms can come on so gradually that people may have type 2 diabetes for years before they are diagnosed with the disease. The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can be very gradual in their development and often mimic a variety of other possible medical conditions. Since type 2 diabetes prevalence increases as people age, some of the symptoms are attributed to part of the normal aging process. Having routine blood glucose testing during annual physical examinations or when a cluster or several symptoms occur, can confirm the diagnosis.

Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes symptoms are very similar although type 2 diabetes symptom progression is much slower in most cases. Typically the symptoms of type 1 diabetes will be noted in late childhood and early teen years. Type 2 diabetes is often diagnosed as adults, however, the mean age at diagnosis is actually decreasing. 

If you notice the following signs and symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor:

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Increased hunger
  • Slow-healing sores and frequent infections
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet

Understanding possible diabetes symptoms can lead to early diagnosis and treatment, which can help you prevent the complications of diabetes and lead to a lifetime of better health.