The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.
Common symptoms of diabetes:
- Urinating often
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurry vision
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
- Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complicationsharmful effects of diabetes such as damage to the eyes, heart, blood vessels, nervous system, teeth and gums, feet and skin, or kidneys. Studies show that keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels close to normal can help prevent or delay these problems.X of diabetes.
Learn about how your doctor can make a diabetes diagnosisthe determination of a disease from its signs and symptoms.X or take our Risk Test to find out if you are at increased risk for having type 2 diabetesa condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people.X.
Women with gestational diabetes often have no symptoms, which is why it’s important for at-risk women to be tested at the proper time during pregnancy.
Learn more about gestational diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes Complications
Have you already been diagnosed with diabetes but are concerned about symptoms that may be the result of complications related to diabetes?
Visit the Complications section.
You may also be interested in our book, Uncomplicated Guide To Diabetes’ Complications, 3rd Edition
Do you have questions or concerns about diabetes symptoms? Want to connect with others? Visit the American Diabetes Association Community to find support now!
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, enroll in the FREE Living With Type 2 Diabetes program to get more information and support.
Last Reviewed: June 1, 2015
Last Edited: June 1, 2015