What are the symptoms of diabetes?

symptoms of diabetes

Many people are unknowingly suffering from type 2 diabetes due to not knowing the symptoms. Doctors often diagnose diabetes when they perform a blood or urine test for a different disease or problem.

You should go to the doctor as soon as the symptoms of diabetes appear. Certain factors increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In these cases, you have to be careful if you are showing symptoms of diabetes or not.

What causes an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes?

  1. If you are over 40 years old (over 25 years for South Asians),
  2. Any of your close relatives (e.g., father, mother, brother, or sister) have diabetes.
  3. If you are obese or overweight,
  4. If you are of Asian, African-Caribbean, or African descent (even if you were born in another country),

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes:

Common symptoms include:

  1. Urinating more often than usual, especially at night
  2. Feeling thirsty all the time,
  3. I am feeling extremely exhausted.
  4. Weight loss without any effort,
  5. Itching or recurrent infections around the genital area (fungal infection or thrush),
  6. Any cuts or wounds that do not dry easily,
  7. Blurred vision.

Consult a doctor if you have any symptoms of type 2 diabetes or if you are concerned that you may be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

How can you be sure if you have type 2 diabetes?

You can be sure of this by following the following three steps:

  • Consult a doctor about your symptoms
  • Your doctor will test your urine and blood to determine if you have high blood sugar.
  • Once the doctor diagnoses diabetes, they will explain the results in the report and provide instructions on what to do next.

Special information

Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes greatly benefit the patient. Early treatment can greatly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other diseases.

The article was written and edited by: Dr. Vidisha Kundu Prama and Dr. Ima Islam

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