Symptoms of Diabetes

What are Symptoms of Diabetes?

  • Diabetes often has no symptoms, but when they occur, these are common ones:
    • Blurry vision
    • Frequent urination
    • Fatigue
    • Persistent thirst (sometimes people drink 1-2 gallons a day)
    • Dry mouth
    • Dark rough patch of skin (often on back of neck or in the armpit)
    • Tingling or pain in feet or legs
    • Wounds that do not heal quickly
    • Losing weight without trying
    • Excessively dry skin
    • Frequent or persistent yeast infections
  • Because diabetes develops gradually, it may take months or years before the symptoms start, but the damage may still be happening, if the diabetes is not diagnosed and treated.
  • For American Indian and Alaska Native people it is important to get checked for diabetes regularly - at least once a year