Symptoms

Do You Know the Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes?

HealthCentral Editorial Team Sep 13th, 2012 (updated Jan 9th, 2014)
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Excessive thirst
Excessive thirst

Because excess sugar builds up in your bloodstream, fluid is pulled from the tissues. This may leave you thirsty. As a result, you may drink and urinate more than usual.

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Increased hunger
Increased hunger

Due to the lack of insulin to move sugar into your cells, your muscles and organs become depleted of energy. This triggers intense hunger.

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Weight loss
Weight loss

Even though you're eating more than usual to relieve your increased hunger, you may lose weight. Without the ability to metabolize glucose, the body uses alternative fuels stored in muscle and fat. Calories are lost as excess glucose is released in the urine.

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Fatigue
Fatigue

Because your cells are deprived of sugar, you may become tired and irritable.

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Blurred vision
Blurred vision

If your blood sugar is too high, fluid may be pulled from the lenses of your eyes. This may affect your ability to focus clearly.

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Frequent infections
Frequent infections

Type 2 diabetes affects your ability to heal and resist infections.

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Darkened skin
Darkened skin

Some people with type 2 diabetes have patches of dark, velvety skin in the folds and creases of their bodies, usually in the armpits. This may be a sign of insulin resistance.