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Diabetes in Adults

Diabetes in Adults: What Are The Symptoms?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 18:00

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Diabetes in adults may start slowly. In fact, millions of people don't even know they have it before it is diagnosed by measuring blood glucose. Others may just feel very tired at first, then later may have these symptoms:

  • Urinating more than usual, as the body tries to get rid of the extra sugar in the blood
  • Feeling unusually thirsty, because the body needs to replace the lost fluid
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Losing weight even though eating more than usual
  • Frequent infections
  • Skin sores that won't heal

It's important to remember that diabetes symptoms may not be the same for everyone:

  • The symptoms of type 2 diabetes may come on gradually.
  • Some people may have no symptoms at all.
  • Many people have type 2 diabetes and don't know it.

Untreated diabetes can cause serious health problems, such as blindness, heart and blood vessel damage, and permanent nerve damage. Seeing your doctor regularly for checkups and a discussion of your risk for diabetes is key to staying healthy.

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