What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Oftentimes, people who have diabetes go undiagnosed because the symptoms seem relatively harmless. If you think you may have diabetes, it's best to schedule an appointment with your doctor to check out your symptoms; recent studies show that if diabetes is detected early, your chance for developing complications decreases. In particular, type 2 diabetes can sneak up on you with very few symptoms.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of diabetes:

Symptoms of type 1 diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms listed above
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts and bruises that seem slow to heal
  • Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet
  • Recurring infection of the skin, gums or bladder
If you have one or more of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Don't have a primary care provider? Find one here.