DiabetesDiabetes Symptoms

Let's Talk About Symptoms of Diabetes

Despite its common occurrence, signs of this disease can be surprisingly difficult to spot, as many clues are subtle (if visible at all). Learn more about possible ways to tell if you have diabetes.

    Our Pro PanelDiabetes Symptoms

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in diabetes to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Anthony Nguyen, D.O. headshot.

    Anthony Nguyen, D.O.Family Medicine Physician, Diabetes Health Initiative

    Providence Hospital/Ascension Health
    Mobile, AL
    Stelios Mantis, M.D.

    Stelios Mantis, M.D.Pediatric Endocrinologist

    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, IL
    Katherine Araque, M.D.

    Katherine Araque, M.D.Director of Endocrinology

    Pacific Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
    Santa Monica, CA

    Frequently Asked QuestionsDiabetes Symptoms

    What are the symptoms of diabetes?

    Classic symptoms are increased thirst and having to pee a lot. Other symptoms include fatigue, headaches, skin infections, and darker, velvety patches of skin. The disease can also cause tingling in your extremities, blurry vision, and sores on the feet.

    Can diabetes be cured?

    Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured, and people with the disease need to take insulin every day. Type 2 diabetes is treatable with diet and exercise changes and medications that lower the levels of sugar in the blood.

    Why is fatigue a symptom of diabetes?

    People with diabetes often feel tired even when they get plenty of rest. That’s because glucose, one of your body’s most important sources of energy, remains stuck in the bloodstream instead of nourishing your cells if you have the disease, making you feel tired.

    What’s the best diabetes diet?

    Everyone’s body reacts differently to foods and diet plans, so there’s no magic bullet. But vegetarian and vegan diets, a traditional Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and seafood, and low-carbohydrate diets have all been shown to lower blood sugar.

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    Sunny Sea Gold


    Sunny is a health journalist, book author, and essayist living in Portland, OR.