DISCLAIMER: There is no true way to know if you have diabetes unless your doctor orders you a blood test that specifically looks at your blood sugar. However, this is a list of symptoms that could help alert you that something might be wrong.
Here is a list of symptoms that could indicate you have prediabetes or diabetes:
- frequent urination – because there is excess sugar in your system, your kidneys work overtime to expel it but while the sugar is in your system, it soaks up water from all over your body causing frequent urination and leaving you thirsty
- unusual thirst – ties in with the above symptom
- blurred vision – high blood sugar causes the lens of the eye to swell
- extreme fatigue – because the insulin in your body is not working properly, the sugar is not converting in to energy that your body needs to function
- dry mouth – ties in with the unusual thirst
- slow-healing sores and cuts – uncontrolled diabetes can affect the circulation of blood causing wounds to heal slower
- itching of the skin – because the sugar in your blood is soaking up all the water in your body and dries out your skin
- yeast infections – yeast feeds on glucose and likes warm, moist areas
- numbness/tingling of the hands and feet – result of nerve damage
- unplanned weight loss – your body is not getting the necessary energy from the food you are eating
- nausea/vomiting – your body starts burning fat abnormally thus creating ketones, too much ketones can make you feel sick to your stomach
Sometimes you can have episodes of low or high blood sugar and it makes you feel out of it and you are not entirely sure what is going on. These lists could help you figure out which one you might be experiencing and then you can act accordingly.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Nervous or anxious
- Sweaty, chilly, or clammy
- Cranky or impatient
- Lightheaded or dizzy
- Tingly or numb in your lips, tongue, or cheeks
You might notice:
- Fast heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Blurred vision
- Nightmares or crying when you sleep
- Coordination problems
When experiencing a low blood sugar episode, take a couple glucose tablets, drink 8oz of juice or soda, suck on hard candy, or take a bite of a candy bar. Try to get your blood sugar up, but not too high.
Symptoms of Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
- Heavy thirst
- Blurry vision
- Peeing a lot
- More hunger
- Numb or tingling feet
- Sugar in your urine
- Weight loss
- Vaginal and skin infections
- Slow-healing cuts and sores
- Blood glucose over 180 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl)
If you are already diabetic and you have a glucose meter with you, check your blood sugar to make sure whether you are high or low.
There are a lot of signs that could indicate you may have diabetes. I hope this list helps to lead you in the right direction. If you can catch it while it is still close to under control, there is a better chance that you will be able to get it under control and a chance you could even reverse it before it gets serious.
If you have any of these symptoms and you are suspicious that you have diabetes, call your doctor and set up an appointment. Do not let your doctor talk you down, this is your body and you want to make sure it is healthy. Better to be safe than sorry.