Diabetes Symptoms: How do I know if I have Type 2 Diabetes?

what is type 2 diabetesThe following is a list of diabetes symptoms. If you suspect you may have diabetes, speak to your health care provider.

Type 2 Diabetes does not always show symptoms. In fact one third of people living with diabetes are unaware that they even have the disease. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Fatigue – feeling exhausted, lethargic or having a lack of energy for extended periods of time.
  • Frequent urination – an urge to urinate more often than usual.
  • Unquenchable thirst –  an abnormal level of thirst that occurs even after having several drinks
  • Unexplained weight loss – losing a significant amount weight without any efforts to do so.
  • Excessive Hunger – hunger levels increase especially after eating.
  • Blurry vision – distorted vision or inability to read fine details.
  • Infections – increased susceptibility to infections; getting sick often.
  • Erectile dysfunction – inability to develop or maintain an erection
  • Abnormal skin rashes on various parts of the body

Maintaining blood sugar levels is important to prevent complications of Type 2 Diabetes. If you are experiencing these symptoms or you are concerned that you may be at higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes, please contact your health care professional.

According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, it is important to develop diabetes’ health care teams depending on your needs and community resources. Your team may consist of a family doctor, nurse, dietitian, endocrinologist, pharmacist, social worker, exercise physiologist, psychologist, foot care specialist, and eye care specialist. Although a health care team can help answer questions about managing diabetes; you are the most important member of the team. Only you can identify what you are feeling, provide information about your symptoms, and take the steps to manage your health. One of the key steps to determine if treatments are working is to monitor blood sugar levels.

If you have Type 2 Diabetes or you have Risk Factors that you are concerned about, take a moment to learn more about Prevention and Treatment and Alternative Options.

Source: Am I at risk for type 2 diabetes? Taking Steps to Lower Your Risk of Getting  Diabetes. (2014). http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/riskfortype2/#5