Early detection is important for diabetes — the earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treatment starts, the better the chances are for avoiding possible complications. If the following symptoms sound familiar, it’s time to go see your doctor and have your blood sugar tested.
- Urinating frequently, and urinating a larger quantity than normal
- Feeling very thirsty
- Feeling very hungry, even when you’re eating the same amount or more than usual
- Feeling very tired and fatigued
- Having blurry vision
- Losing weight, even if you’re eating more
- Feeling tingling or numbness in your hands or feet
- Noticing that cuts or bruises take a long time to heal
For some people who develop Type 2 diabetes, the symptoms may be so mild that they don’t even notice. If you have a family history of diabetes, are older that 45, have high blood pressure, are physically inactive, or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, talk to your doctor about how to lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
It’s also important for pregnant women to be tested for gestational diabetes. Talk to your OB/GYN about when you should get tested for gestational diabetes.