The beginning signs of diabetes can develop gradually over time and easily be overlooked. In fact, it is estimated that one third of the people who have type 2 diabetes are unaware of their disease. For this reason it is important to educate yourself about diabetes and visit your doctor when the signs and symptoms mentioned below are present.
Because serious health complications can develop if a diagnosis of diabetes is delayed, “it's important to be aware of any diabetes warning signs and get tested for diabetes, if you have these symptoms. Treating diabetes early, when treatment is most effective, can help prevent these diabetes complications.”
The signs of diabetes are similar regardless of whether you are developing type 1 or type 2. The only notable difference may be that the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes can appear more rapidly and at a younger age.
The beginning signs of diabetes are:
It is important to note that you do not have to have every one of these signs and symptoms to have diabetes and in some cases no symptoms will be present. A visit to your doctor is needed for a proper diagnosis.
Because the beginning signs of diabetes are often subtle it is helpful to also be aware of any factors that may put you at higher risk for diabetes. By considering these risk factors along with the symptoms you aid your doctor in diagnosing the condition.
If you are overweight or obese, lead a sedentary lifestyle, practice unhealthy eating habits, have a family history of diabetes, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol or a past history of gestational diabetes you are at higher risk for the disease and should share this information with your doctor.
Whether you have the risk factors for developing diabetes or you are starting to see the beginning signs of diabetes it is important to get your blood tested. An early diagnosis leaves you with more treatment options and a prognosis for better health.