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9 Signs of Diabetes

Thirst a sign of diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States. Around 17 million Americans are diabetic, which is approximately six per cent of the population. The people who are most at risk of type 2 diabetes are those of African-American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American heritage. At least a third of people with diabetes do not even know that they have the condition. What are the diabetes signs that you should be aware of?

1. You are frequently thirsty
Being thirsty a lot is one of the diabetes signs that you should be looking out for. It is usually one of the first indications of type 2 diabetes. The thirst is usually a continuous one.

There are two main types of diabetes. With diabetes insipidus, excessive thirst occurs when there is a reduction in the hormone that controls the excretion of water within your body. This causes your kidneys to excrete too much water, which causes you to become dehydrated. This is why you feel the need to drink more to compensate. Thirst also occurs when too much sugar is forced into the blood. This causes you to urinate more frequently. With diabetes mellitus, excess glucose in the blood causes too much water to be drawn out of your tissues, which makes you dehydrated. To combat this, you drink more fluid, which again leads to frequent urination. In both cases, if your excessive thirst is a sign of diabetes, you will often need to wake up during the night because you are thirsty.

2. You need the toilet a lot
Frequent urination is another diabetes sign. Most people only need to urinate a few times every day, but diabetics are likely to need to urinate far more frequently. This happens because excess sugar in your blood causes your body to become dehydrated. Your body encourages you to drink more fluid to counteract this, which is why you need to use the toilet a lot. It can indicate type 2 diabetes.

3. Your mouth is dry
A dry mouth can also be something to consider when looking for diabetes signs. Your sugar levels are increased as a result of diabetes, and this can affect your oral hygiene. Common complaints are gum disease, cavities, dry mouth, and even loss of teeth, although the latter is fairly rare. Ironically, these can make your diabetes more difficult to control, as oral infections make your sugar levels increase further, and more insulin is needed to stop this. Diabetes also decreases your ability to taste sweet things, which often means that you feel the need to add sweeteners to your food as compensation. This makes your sugar levels increase, as well as having a negative effect on your oral health. It is not all bad news though. Having an awareness of how diabetes can affect your oral health, and vice versa, is essential to preventing and treating complications. A dry mouth is a sign of type 1 diabetes.

4. Your vision is blurry
Blurred vision can be a type 1 diabetes sign. It is one of the first indications of eye problems that are related to diabetes. Excess sugar in the blood causes the lens to change in shape and become less flexible. This affects how well you can focus, and causes your vision to become blurred. Other problems linked to diabetes include double vision, cloudy vision and floating spots in front of the eye. Double vision happens when the nerves that control your eyes are damaged. Cloudy vision usually occurs as a result of cataracts, or when the retina becomes swollen.

5. You have cuts and other sores that take a while to heal
Wounds that are slow to heal can indicate type 2 diabetes. Having diabetes means that your body is less effective at fending off infections.

6. You experience itching in and around the vagina
Vaginal itching and burning can be a diabetes sign. It can indicate type 2 diabetes. The skin in and around the vagina may also be red and sore. This can indicate a vaginal yeast infection. Regular yeast infections (in the vagina) can be another diabetes sign. Regular in this sense means anything above three or four yeast infections per year. This can be a sign of type 2 diabetes. The yeast that is naturally present in your vagina feeds on sugar in your blood. When you are diabetic, you have too much sugar in your blood, which means that the yeast can multiply at a very rapid pace. High blood sugar also decreases your body’s ability to fight infections, and the amount of “good” bacteria in your vagina is diminished, so the yeast can easily take over. A yeast infection is an indication that your diabetes is not being adequately controlled, as your blood sugar levels are clearly too high. The symptoms include a thick, white vaginal discharge (which can be very similar to the texture of cottage cheese), which is usually accompanied by itching, burning or soreness in and around your vagina. The discharge also tends to smell unpleasant.

7. Your hands and feet feel numb and tingle
Tingling in the hands and feet is another diabetes sign, and can indicate type 2 diabetes. When there is too much sugar is your blood, it can cause nerve problems, particularly the tiny blood vessels within the nerve. This can lead to multiple problems, but the most common one is a tingling or numb feeling in the hands and feet. Other possible symptoms can include burning sensations in the feet, hands, legs and arms.

8. The skin on your neck, armpit and groin suddenly gets darker
If the skin on and around your neck, armpit or groin has become darker, it can be a sign of type 2 diabetes. It is quite rare, and affects only one in every 300 people with diabetes. It is not restricted to the neck, armpits or groin though, and it can appear anywhere on the body. It can be very unsightly if it is on an area that people will see. It can affect people who are overweight. There is no known cure for the condition, but if obesity is a deciding factor, losing weight can help to ease the symptoms. However, it can also affect people who are otherwise healthy (apart from being diabetic).

9. You have inexplicably lost or gained weight
This diabetes sign can be an indication of type 1 diabetes. Your body tries to compensate for the lost fluids by encouraging you to eat more, which is why you can put on weight when you become diabetic. On the other hand, you can also lose weight, even if you have not decreased your food intake. This is because the tissues in your muscles are not receiving enough glucose, so their growth and energy is disrupted. If you have type 1 diabetes, there is very little sugar reaching the muscles.

Many of these symptoms can also be indications of other health problems, so it is important to be tested for diabetes to rule out other conditions. A glucose test will measure the amount of glucose in your blood. This can be done by simply pricking your finger, so it is very straightforward. If you are diabetic, your doctor will advise the treatment that is needed, depending on whether you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic.

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  • zakiyah rehman November 11, 2010, 8:50 pm

    what about small balls in your neck which hurt!

    • christian May 7, 2012, 12:58 am

      sounds like tonsil stones thats if there comeing from your tonsils kinda hard to understand because u didnt get into detail but if thats what your talkin about look it up online

    • joe May 14, 2012, 8:53 pm

      those are swollen lymph nodes lol I get them when I’ve had a pretty bad virus.

    • michelle December 9, 2016, 2:31 am

      I have 7 of 9 of these symptoms. I think I need to call the doctor tomorrow.

  • TAMMY May 24, 2011, 9:32 am

    i want u to give me all the signs of diabetes i feel weak all the time and sometimes pains in my stomach please could u help me many thanks

    • Anonymos August 22, 2011, 6:27 am

      theres a chance that this is diabetes, but you could also have lactose intolerance or ciliac disease, my brother has celiac disease and when he just ignored it he got bad abdominal pain and was in bed most of the time. My cousin had lactose intolerance and she got bad stomach cramps and pain. Too see if you are lactose intolerant, take a simple test at home by not eating dairy products (including products containing dairy) for 3-4 days, then after doing that, the next day drink a glass of milk and nothing else. If you experience pain, there’s a big chance you are lactose intolerant. Hope I helped, and i hope you’ll be okay.

    • Asma hassan October 25, 2012, 11:27 am

      Stomach ache isn’t diabetes.
      Let me clarify the main signs of diabetes:
      1.frequent thirst
      2.frequent urination
      3.mouth dry
      There are a lot of other signs but its better 4 u to go 2 test it.

      • Sivapriya September 28, 2014, 8:24 pm

        Actually, stomach ache can be a sign of diabetes, particularly diabetic ketoacidosis. Please don’t spread misinformation. This disease can be hard enough to diagnose, when the symptoms seem so commonplace.

      • Michele March 17, 2015, 1:56 pm

        It can be a sign… I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 6 I am now 26 and my early signs were constant stomach pains, not coloring in the lines in school(probably blurred vision even though to this day I don’t need or have glasses), and loss of weight. Hope this helps someone ..

  • Lou June 5, 2011, 3:18 am

    I seem to have most of the signs. I get dizzy of an afternoon and I am getting boils in areas that you don’t want boils! Is this signs as well??

    • Melissa December 27, 2011, 3:28 am

      All u can do is go to the doc before its too late its always better to b safe then sorry….when i first got my type one diabetes i had them in that area as well and im not talking small…… it worked best if u soak in a hot bath with Epson salt then make a paste with garlic and baking soda put it on the boil wait till it dries to a crust it draws all the ewwies out it freakn burns like H-E- double hockey sticks but when u cant walk and have to work in the morning its the olny thing that works fast…… u may have to repeat the process a couple times till its all drained out good luck!

    • Erin Brusaw April 2, 2012, 3:23 pm

      No not nessascerily because when i figured i had diabetes i was losing weight and i was very thirsty and going to the bathroom a lot , But i am type 1. Type 2, you can get cuts from anything and it won’t heal for a while , your skin gets darker than your original color is.
      So i hoped that helped

  • franchesca July 20, 2011, 3:14 pm

    As i look at this I see that I have 7 signs from all the 9 signs. does that mean im diabetic?

    • Erin Brusaw April 2, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Well it could be, you will have to go to the doctor to see if you have diabetes by checking your urine sample and if they see a lot of sugar in it you possibly have type 1 or type 2

    • dom defilippis September 16, 2012, 11:54 pm

      hi the best way to finf out is to go to your FAMILY DR FOR A BLOOD TEST .THAT THE ONLY WAY.REGARDS STAY WELL DOM D

  • Anonymos August 22, 2011, 6:20 am

    i’m so scared, i have had 2 yeast infections in the past 3 months but this is the only time it has ever happened to me, and i urinate a lot when i drink coke… these are my only symptoms

    • Phil48All August 25, 2014, 6:51 am

      I was in the ER twice last Oct, twice in Nov, twice in Dec, twice in Jan and once in Feb 2014. I went each time for bladder infections. The dr. on 2/5/2014 came in and said that all my other urine cultures had yeast in them, and that my blood glucose was really high. He said the bladder infections, the yeast and the high glucose meant I was type II. I have been taking Metformin, and it has helped to bring my AC1 and BG levels down, but now I’ve noticed two weird sores on my legs? I also had a boil, (hair follicle infection) in my armpit. I had had one every 6 months to a year, and never thought anything about it. I just thought they were boils and that they would eventually go away. I also have a spinal condition which causes my immune system to be low, so the boils were most likely a form of MRSA – Medically Resistant Staph. They put me on antibiotics, and it went away, but now I’m getting these small, flat sores on my left leg. The first one seemed like I had spilled milk on my leg cuz it was just like skin flaking off? But underneath it, was a red flat spot, so I figured I had been bitten by something? Now I’ve got one on another part of the lower leg. I’m going to have to make an appt to see the dr. before it goes away so I can find out what it’s related to. All I know is that I’m almost 53 and since 50, I’ve been going down hill fast! Anyone wanna try and stop me? lol. Hope this helps you? Go see your dr. ASAP and get a Fasting Blood test. That is the best way to tell what is going on. A yeast infection can also occur if you have been taking antibiotics? But the best bet is to tell your dr. and get tested! They will likely run a panel on everything to see what it is, and to rule out other stuff that it might be.

      Good luck and God Bless!

      P.S. stay away from the soda! High glucose content! It could be causing you to be borderline diabetic! Again, Good luck!

      • Bobbi Meikel March 17, 2017, 2:25 am

        Did you find out what the sores are i have one on my hand wont go away almost looks like a flat blood bluster

  • del August 24, 2011, 3:06 am

    I am fatigued, have dry mouth, constantly drinking water, get up at least 5 times a night to go the the bathroom, and during the day have to have water or my mouth feels like sand paper. Is it Diabetes?

    • Erin Brusaw April 2, 2012, 3:28 pm

      You probably have type 1 diabetes because i have my mouth dry, i usually drink 7 huge water bottles everyday because i am so thirsty
      I use the restroom at least 20 times each day.
      But then i went to the docotr and then they said i had type on diabetes it not that bad

      • lita November 7, 2014, 11:36 am

        type 1 is juvenile diabetes prevents before the age of 18

        • Deb February 27, 2016, 6:28 pm

          This is untrue I was 39 when I was diagnosed with type 1

  • Kit August 26, 2011, 11:33 pm

    Sometimes I feel weak, light-headed and get stomach pains for a few seconds. Don’t have to get up in the night though! When I was a baby I was allergic to milk, could it be lactose intolerance or diabetes? I feel like I am going the toilet more but I’m not sure if I am! Any suggestions, starting to get worried!

  • rick August 27, 2011, 4:39 am

    You can always test your blood sugar with a “no code” finger stick lancet tester available at any drug store for $10-20. If your blood sugar is way out of the ranges listed in the manual, it may be a sign to visit the doctor.

  • Christian soghaka September 5, 2011, 10:50 am

    When u have diabetes and you are having tingling in your balls. What causes it?

    • Dr Bubba September 6, 2012, 8:38 pm

      Rude thoughts!

  • silas kemboi September 11, 2011, 10:13 am

    i swet alot, drink alot of water and urinate 2-3times a night . My blood sugar levelwas revently at 20. I have not taken drugs because i dont want to be on drugs the rest of my life coz of the side effects, im 30.
    Pls advise

  • boipelo October 20, 2011, 6:56 am

    i have all the nine sign my mom,2 sister and 2 brother also diabetic i know that i need to go and test, if i may ask is diabetic treated and chemist and phamacist or is it obly at the hospitals clinics and doctors

  • vicki parker December 9, 2011, 4:31 pm

    I checked my sugar level and its 337 and im tired and dont feel good what should i do i drink alot of water and it dont go down can anybody help me please.

    • norma nugent December 13, 2011, 8:39 am

      You have diabetes and your blood level is quite high. Are you on medication, if not see your doctor. High blood sugar will make you very tired…It will go down too if you cut your carbs to under 100 a day. Limit breads, Pasta, goodies. Take diet sodas and sugar substitutes

      • James May 31, 2012, 9:25 am

        Pile of horse crap, dont talk rubbish i am feeling tired a lot ankle pain stoamch cramps needing toielt al ot etc and guess what i have already been tested for diabities and came back negative so dont go off what norma says, cause it could be a number of things beside diabities.

        • Nicole June 30, 2012, 12:02 pm

          With sugar levels of that nature it very well looks like diabetes! My friends son was admitted to the hospital with numbers that high and when I had it when I was pregnant going anything over 130 was a no no to be corrected with insulin….

          • kelly August 12, 2013, 9:06 pm

            does anyone crave sweats like ice cream,etc… i have not been diagnosed please give me an answer

        • Erin July 3, 2012, 8:29 am

          With that blood sugar, she’s a Type 2 diabetic. Go to your doctor, like yesterday

        • MSN May 10, 2013, 3:16 pm

          Really James? She was giving an opinion. I don’t see M.D. behind your name which means you don’ t know it isn’t diabetes just like she doesn’t know that it is. She was giving an opinion, which the last time I looked, was legal in the U.S.

  • Leah coster January 8, 2012, 9:11 am

    I’m pretty sure I have type 2 I need to pee a lot and I get thirsty a lot

  • ev January 13, 2012, 3:36 pm

    I am losing weight without even trying and I go to the toilet a lot and I am always kinda sleepy and tired… Are these signs of diabetes?”

    • Freaking out June 2, 2015, 11:23 pm

      Same!! I’m 15 so does age matter??? I am scared i experience the symptoms! Are there any more symptoms???

  • Kelley January 15, 2012, 10:07 pm

    I keep thinking that it wouldn’t make sense for me to be diabetic. I’m in the normal weight range for my height. I eat fairly well and exercise. I am excessively thirsty at night, this has been going on for years and only seems to be getting worse. I could nap anytime of the day, which I guess means I’m fatigued. I started really wondering when I ended up with a detached retina in one eye and a torn retina in the other, I’m 29, the doc said someone my age and health had a 1:10000 chance of this happening. Next came frequent yeast infections. I’m a bit freaked out. Please advise!

    • Jeanne February 12, 2012, 4:56 am

      Please see a doctor if any of these symptoms are interfering with life.
      Diabetes can affect your whole body. Even feet , skin, organs, weight, eyes. It is nothing to be afraid of …just get the help you need , and a doctor who specializes in the disease.

  • Torie February 6, 2012, 4:43 pm

    I have a stomach ache, shaking, always peeing, thirsty more then usual, not itchy aroung the vaginal area but pee area… and everyone is telling me I’m loosing weight all of a sudden, is it diabetes?

  • Nii February 8, 2012, 12:24 am

    I feel some pain beneath my right feet for 4 wks now and some tingling on that same feet.this is the only sign i have noticed, could it be diabetes?

  • Khalid Hamza Usman February 10, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Im afraid of being diabetic,and i dont like exercise. Can you help me with any food which if i will take it, i will be sliming.

    • Cilla July 13, 2012, 12:25 am

      Eat meat and vegetables mainly, with some beans and fruit. Cut out anything with sugar, breads, rice, potatoes (you may eat sweet potatoes though – but limited)

  • Anonymous February 29, 2012, 3:29 am

    This week and only this week (im 15) I’ve been at soccer tryouts and for some reason been really thirsty and have a dry moth but I go pee at a regular bases and I don’t have any other symptoms. And for the past two days I’ve been getting tired when I run for way way more than in a regular bases idk what it is I have a healthy diet I eat good sleep on the bleh side but also my family has a trait of high and low blood pressure….

  • Mackiewicz February 29, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Just want to mention, many people can get diabetes and cancer confused. Unexplained weight loss, bloating causing abdominal pain and pelvic pain, Gnawing Abdominal Pain and Depression pancreatic cancer, Mouth changes, Pain in general, changes in lymph Nodes, Fatigue.

  • IdntWant ToSay March 9, 2012, 7:10 am

    Hello I’m 15yrs Old, I Have Sore Throats Like 24/7 , My Mouth Is Constantly Dry Even After I Drink , I Have Tingly Feelings Around My Vagina , When I pee the tingling feeling goes but seems to return :( , IDont Kno What This Is , But I Can’t! Speak To My Dad About This! , as he don’t know I’m Sexually Actived , Please Can AnyOne help , explain my syptoms to me , Tell Me How I Could Maybe Get Rid Of Them Or Stop The Tingling!

    • pixiemom904 July 14, 2012, 6:28 pm

      First of all you need to talk to your father about this so you can go to the dr. secondly you need to abstain from sex. If you dont at least use protection so you wont get an STD. You may have an infection like Urinary Tract Infection which may cause the feeling around your vagina. Most importantly always talk to your father. Go to the dr. to get checked in case its something really serious.

  • Anonymous March 15, 2012, 3:04 am

    i had some brown spot between my chin and my lips , i know i have diabetes, also my armpits ,neck are dark brown , how do i get rid of them ??? i also really want to get rid of the brown spot on my face !!! it looks horrible last year it was worst it looked like i had a mustache it was really dark, but then it went away, how do i get rid of it !!! help!

  • Tom March 16, 2012, 8:43 am

    My wee smells of sugar puffs, can this indicate diabetes ?

  • cherry March 22, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Thanks for the great article! Your list of signs of diabetes was great!

  • Lulu April 27, 2012, 2:23 pm

    A couple of days earlier I started feeling thirsty no matter how much water I drink, I also started feeling itchy around my vagainal area and my period is late ( I’m 13 and its not possible that I’m pregnant) I am in healthy weight but I’m kinda plump, I have a healthy diet and I exercise 3 times a week for an hour, oh and I noticed that my sight is getting weaker since like a week .., my father and grandma and my uncle are diabetic … I’m freaked out, is there any chance I might be diabetic ???

  • Anonymous April 28, 2012, 3:14 am

    I have become more irritable lately, had dry mouth, constant peeing, always thirsty, I sometimes lose feeling in my legs and feet, I’ve become more hungry, and I get light headed after running. Could I have diabetes?

    • Horrez September 19, 2012, 1:10 am

      Damn,you people need Jesus!

  • saskia April 29, 2012, 1:22 am

    i get cramps in my left hand and foot feels numb like if its dead. lots of pain with it and my fingers and toes curl up. is that diabetes?

  • Mee April 30, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Hey I have pretty much all the signs possible.i find my vision can become very blurred all round the edge of my vision almost like I have water in there is this a sign?
    I find this when I’m extremely hungry x

  • anon April 30, 2012, 11:43 pm

    hi im 12 yrs old female and lately ive had to pee lyk 10 times a day but not during the nite. ive also stayed home from skool cos i feel sick lyk im gonna vomit but can still eat and drink normally. ive got a bad headache rite now and my vagina is a little itchy. does any1 think this is diabetes???! PLEASE HELP!!! theres no1 in my family that o know of that has any type of diabetes

  • Ivan May 2, 2012, 12:32 am

    There are plenty of ways to prevent diabetes if don’t have it yet.. exercise is most important and a healthy diet but most importantly stay away from eating sugars and junk food excessively like chips, soda,candy etc. I am grateful for my doctor to discover i had the diabetes type 1 (the good kind that can go away with exercise and healthy diet)at age 13 when i was overly overweight .It went away just as soon as i started exercising and eating three healthy meals a day. Im 20 now and ever since that happend it made me realize how important it is to stay healthy and exercise.

  • Grace May 3, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Hi ok so last week and so far all this week I have been peeing a lot!!!! Once every hour or sometimes even more frequently. I also get tingling in my hands and feet a lot (more so in my hands lately) even when I’m not putting any kind of pressure on them to cause the tingling. And last week I was also losing weight too without even trying. Im 13 and not over weight at all either. I’m also tired All the time lately and I’ve been feeling rly weak too :( which is awful because during soccer practice I get so tired and weak so easily lately and I don’t want to let the team down bc I can barely run :(. Lastlyyyy, I’m not CONSTANTLY thirsty but there r definitely a lottt times where I NEED to drink water. So ya I’m Wondering if it’s diabetes but I’m going to the doc. on Monday so I’ll just find out then..

  • angela May 9, 2012, 5:41 am

    i can’t sleep at nite i’m always wakin up my mouth is always dry and every time i go to the toilet i am losin clear discharge what does this mean

    • Simphiwe Ndlovu August 28, 2017, 6:17 am

      My mouth get dry when I’m sleeping sometimes get dizzy and sometimes wet my bed,during the day I’m always go to pee and sometimes its comes itself..Iam worked..Help me..Iam 49years..

  • moo moo neizma May 19, 2012, 3:45 pm

    I recently found out my mothers type 1 .ive neveer thought about it but im starting to think i may have diabetes my feet started to tingle alot my vision is blurry i cant get rid of my cold off and on ive have some kinda headcold 2 to 3 mo off and on…do u think i should b alarm

  • Mackenzie May 23, 2012, 3:31 am

    My legs feel like they are nothing and my knees feel sore and hard to bend and I urinate a lot and I feel dizzy at times

  • Tiesha May 24, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Im peeing more in the mornings even if I don’t
    Drink anything at night and if I do have diabetes
    If I lose weight and eat right will it go away please

  • Binx May 30, 2012, 7:33 pm

    I tire easily, any simple exercise I start breathing heavily, always hungry even after eating, losing weight even though I eat, stomach ache.
    I feel dizzy at times…

  • Hazel June 5, 2012, 5:18 am

    Ive been thirsty a lot but not a lot a lot. Of course when you drink a lot of water you go to the bathroom often. Also my fingertips feels numb or asleep or something. I’m only 15 and is it possible that I have diabetes? I’m scared. But that’s all the symptoms. Idk if this means I have I have diabetes. PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION I REALLY WANNA KNOW!!

  • Mike Leanos June 12, 2012, 3:18 am

    I read the 9 signs and am scared now I do wake up with dry mouth/bitter taste in my mouth tingling sensation in my feet it doesn’t happened that often and I do see spots in front of one of my eyes/blurry vision (which happens late in the afternoon) which also happens onces in while so am guessing I might have diabetes is there something I could do to try to reverse this ????????

  • Nigam June 13, 2012, 7:47 am

    I am pretty sure I have developed diabetes a week ago. I am seeing the doctor for getting ablood test on Friday 22/06/12. Am I damaging my kidneys or other parts etc until the doctor adnises me?

  • tayla June 15, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I don’t know if I have diabetes or not but I haven’t been eating much at all for 3 days everytime I try to eat I almost hurl….I get a massive headache an it won’t go away an then I’m super tired…idk….help plz this kinda scares me…plus I can’t go 3 days with out sugar or I get really tired an just don’t feel well….I eat salt an butter a lot….


  • chuks June 15, 2012, 10:05 pm

    my two legs and hand hot me alot and also my private part and sumtins it smells and my veins tingles me alot and my tongue easily dry up and i urinate alot,pls help me out is dis de sign of what?pls i nid urgent ans

  • Elyssa June 19, 2012, 10:07 pm

    weird really werid because my LEGS get numb my eyes are always going blurry and i am super tired is it a sigh of limes disese or diabetes?!?!

  • Amanda June 26, 2012, 9:40 pm

    I drink alot and need to piddle often, wake at least once a night my vision well i lost all sight in my left eye on 2 occasions in the past month it just goes completely white and i cant see anything through it for about 5 mins a time, but i have Pinguecula so not sure if its effects from that. My stomach bloats up huge sometimes,it looks like im pregnant, get very tired around midday on occasion i lose all strength in my left hand and lately im sweating alot and it smells yeasty. My mothers a type 2 diabetic just wondered if i may have it.

  • Ricki June 29, 2012, 6:48 am

    I’m only 20 I had a baby a year ago and had pregnancy diabetes and I have 6 of the symptoms, because of my age would it be a possibility?

  • Dhavin July 1, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Im 23 yrs old, yesterday i drank some sambuca among frnds, n now im feeling very thirsty, but im not feeling the urge to go peeing every moment, do y

  • Dhavin July 1, 2012, 12:15 pm

    Im 23 yrs old, yesterday i drank some sambuca (about 10 shots) among frnds, and now im feeling very thirsty, but im not feeling the urge to go peeing every moment, do you think im getting diabetes ?
    im worried about this, because normally i dont eat or drink too much of sugar….
    HELP me please

  • Austin Uzoma July 1, 2012, 10:17 pm

    recently I experience frequent urination. I do not feel thirsty at all. I do not feel dry in my mouth. What is my health problem?

    • amy May 20, 2015, 10:25 am

      i have the same problem and im pretty scared but im only 12. I only pee im never thirsty or have dry mouth. I got checked for diabetes and the doctor said it was nothing so im pretty sure there is nothing wrong with you :)
      Your welcome.

  • Ashley July 2, 2012, 5:18 am

    I recently had my blood drawn to see if I have diabetes, I am waiting on the results, but I have at least 6 of these symptoms and what I experience is weight gain ( hard time losing weight ) fatigue, constantly drinking water, I pee an average to 10 or more times a day, I do see floating spots, however my eyes are fine, since they were recently checked. I get numbness in my feet and fingers at times, very unusual, more so in the hands. My main symptoms are though is peeing a lot, fatigue, weight gain, and thirsty a lot. I am curious if this could be diabetes.

  • Joy July 8, 2012, 3:30 am

    Im 50 and have been over weight for 20 plus years and all of a sudden i have been dropping alot of weight, atleast 2 dress sizes in the last couple of months, i was like 227 now 200 and im not really doing anything different. what could be causing this, i dont feel sick. i do have liver disease had it since 1984. i do smoke. i also work very hard. last month i was at the doctor and i weighed 213 and i told my doc that i have been dropping alot of weight and he didnt say anything and yesterday i weighed 202

  • nanayao August 4, 2012, 7:01 am

    i drink alot of water fequently, my urine taste like suger, i wake up about 5 times to visit the bathe house(i urinate frequently), i have blurred vision, my body sometime itches. Does this mean i have diabetes. Pls i need help!!!

  • christinann benages August 6, 2012, 6:28 pm

    i have been passing water 10 times a day and at night my blood test came back ok and i do not get thirsty do i have diabetics 1

    i am also putting on weight i work out 4 times a week. christina

  • Mike Lubz August 18, 2012, 3:24 pm

    Recently I have been having what I think are panic attacks and basically I feel like I need to use the washroom #2 and am peeing every 45 minutes for about 3 hours then it slowly goes away to the point where I’m fine mid afternoon but also I feel slightly dizzy but my vision is not impaired or anything and I don’t feel the urge to drink Any fluids as often as others. I don’t know what it is. It only happens during the morning usually. Any ideas?

  • romm August 21, 2012, 9:32 am

    my mother ,father are diabetic…my brother also became dibetic cause they consumd lot of alcohol i dont take anything still is there chances ??

  • sheryl white August 23, 2012, 5:17 am

    I have a 58 year old male friend he stopped smoking 1 year ago and is having problems losing weight no matter what he tries he has no results with weight loss. I asked him when was the last time he has seen a doctor he said it has been a while he tends to have the majority of his weight gain around his stomach. Should he get tested for diabetes? concerned friend

  • julie August 24, 2012, 11:28 am

    got detected for diabetic a few months ago trying my hardest to lose weight but its hard now ive started to get pain in my tummy near my rib cage and ive got rapid breathing espeically at night my kidney were slightly high in my blood test too just worried

  • jessica September 1, 2012, 11:43 pm

    hi, well i have some the signs my left hand and legs numb and tingle i drink 2 large cups of cola and every time i see coke cola my hands and legs ich but not bites or anything i got scratches that took maybe 2 months to heel do it mean i’m diabetic??
    answer please.
    and i go to the bathroom alot when i drink alot.

  • christine September 11, 2012, 3:13 pm

    I have these symptoms… Drinking a lot, dry mouth, having to pee in the night and lots of times a day, feeling faint, swollen ankles, headachey.
    My mum and family are type 2

  • ash+hhh September 15, 2012, 3:18 am

    I had every symptom its been growin over some time…….but.last week mymouth stated for noreason and now this week my mouth is so bry and salty ….and my pee is dark,yellow and drink a lot of,water to make it clear…is this the last symptones

  • shay September 25, 2012, 5:03 am

    Hi everyone , my eyes got bLur vision , then sometimes i have nasty slime , i find myself in them all the times because of it. Also i get lumps in them, Also jm thirsty alot, i don’t have dark spot but light pots on my face starting to appear, i eat more then usually, sleepless nights , are these sign of diabetes?

  • Paige October 1, 2012, 7:00 pm

    My insurance ended tree months ago and so even though I feel bad I don’t want to just run out to the doctor if it’s nothing. But here lately I am thirsty all of the time my mouth and throat are dry, I get hungry and it seems if I don’t eat right away I get light headed and have stomach pains, I’m always tired , and I seem to be more snappy when hungry, I don’t have to pee all the time but still quite often, and this scared me because it never happens my private parts itch lately no matter what I do about it, oh and the heel of my foot aches a lot but especially when I walk but it never did before.

  • Taryn November 23, 2012, 4:45 pm

    I have decrease appetite and I try to gain weight but it seems the more I eat I can’t gain weight. I’ve been under a little stress but lately I’ve also had really bad double vision in the morning and feeling tierd all the time. Last week I threw up and all that came out was water cause I had no food in my system and I was so dizzy and now I’m getting worried and I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Are they signs or of something else?

  • E2chukwukerem November 27, 2012, 1:43 am

    Sir, my problem is that all the signs has never been notice or shown in my body. No diabetic sign in my body but i feel that i have it because some times i urinate five or six times within five hr. And after i will regain my self again. Please what is my problem.

  • concerned girl December 11, 2012, 7:53 pm

    Hi I always see spots so I gusset that would be blurred vission. Also I have very dried lips,I am very thirsty at times and I usually have a tingle in my right leg plus my grandma and grandpa are dieabetic. But I’m only 12 and am in good shape could I still have type 1 or 2 diabetes? I really need to know.

    From a concerned girl

  • E2chukwukerem December 29, 2012, 11:53 am

    I have seen all the diabetic signs you mention and none have shown in my body. The only sign that i have seen is that i urinate in the night sometimes from 10pm to 4or 6am 3times a night and sometimes 5 to 7times a night. And in the day sometimes from 6am to 8pm, i may urinate between 3 to 5times. What is my problems? Yours CHUKS.

  • manu January 27, 2013, 8:28 pm

    hi there, twice or thrice lately i went back to the toilet and found some black ants on the toilet bowl flocking to some urine on it. does that mean that my urine has high sugar level?

  • Halie February 5, 2013, 9:43 pm

    I am almost 17 years old and I have noticed over the last 3 weeks I have become increasingly thirsty. It’s to where no matter how much I drink my mouth is still dry. especially at night and I hate it because it makes you have to pee all the time. I have also become very tired lately and my eyes a little blurry. I have been eating normal but I seem to have lost a few pounds but I only weigh (now) 112 lbs. would these be signs of diabetes? I’m a little scared…

  • Victoria April 20, 2013, 5:37 am

    I’m amazed reading all these questions & answers. (I came across this site while looking up a HbA1C test meaning).

    If you have health questions, go to the doctor. That’s what he is there for.
    You can’t diagnose on the internet – there are so many health conditions that have similar symptoms.
    There are simple blood and urine tests which your Dr will refer you for to assist in his/her diagnosis.

    Once your questions have been answered and a diagnosis made, a treatment plan & prognosis will be made, or referral to a Specialist or Hospital Dept.

    Once you know exactly what diagnosis & prognosis (or treatment) is planned, it can be helpful to THEN do reading and research (books and/or internet) so that you are well informed and educated on that particular health condition.

    A simple thing like poor diet can induce a load of symptoms that mimic serious health conditions, but that doesn’t mean you are sick. It might mean you have a vitamin or mineral imbalance.

    A Dr needs to take a full health history (incl your parents & perhaps grandparents health). The Dr may do blood tests, urine tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs or other tests to assist with diagnosis.

    It is no use following a standard diet off the internet if you are lactose or grain intolerant (or sensitive to dairy & grains as I am). The same with medications. It is essential that you have a fully qualified medical practitioner co-ordinating diagnosis and any treatment or specialists that you may need to see.

    If you are worried………go to the Doctor. If you prefer less orthodox treatment, see an orthodox doctor who is also trained in naturapathic medicine and you will get the best of all types of treatment & diagnosis – orthodox AND alternative.

    Eg. A Naturapath diagnosed my Aunt with ‘pulled stomach muscles” as she did a lot of gardening and heavy lifting on the farm, but by the time she went to an orthodox western trained medical doctor due to the severity of the pain, it was too late. She had cancer, they operated and found they could do nothing as it was so far advanced and she died 3 months later.

    If you’re a teenager or shy/nervous adult, ask your parent, guardian, adult sibling or trusted adult friend to go to the Doctor with you.

    • Lin May 26, 2013, 8:04 pm

      You know it would be wonderful if everyone could just ‘go to a dr.’ But many people do not have insurance, do not have money and so cannot go to a dr.

      Of course we should see a dr!!! that’s a no brainer! But if you do not have the resources, seeing a dr is out of the question.
      That is why people use the internet to get info on their symptoms!

  • MJH May 20, 2013, 12:34 pm

    I was recently have been very thirsty and going to the toilet very often. I had my blood tested and was 11.3 meaning I have diabetes.

    I have cut down on sugar intake, control my diet and doing some exercise and have taken low dose medications. The thirst has gone, and no longer gets up in the night to use the toilet 2 -4 times. I still have bit of numbness and needle poke on my leg but that is also improving.
    Does this mean my situation has improved?

  • Herschel July 5, 2013, 4:31 am

    I am Diabetic Type .2

    I have the need to urinate when I am near water. How do I eliminate

  • Bianca August 7, 2013, 1:25 am

    Hi I’m 14 can someone help me? I have to urinate atleast every hour. I even had to urinate in my sleep and I think I accidentally wet the bedbbut I wasn’t sure. I have had major itching in my lower region forba while now. Also on my arms and legs. I’m getting a bit more skinnier than before. Also I get tingling on my feet and hands a lot for no reason. I’ve been feeling a lot more weak, is this diabetes I’m not sure and I’m only 120 pounds.

  • Norma October 8, 2013, 6:17 pm

    My sons blood sugar is 521 . Is he in danger of going into a coma? He is 51 years old

  • Samantha November 3, 2013, 7:32 pm

    Hi when I wake up in the morning I’m so dry I can’t swallow I have at least to kettles full of tea and water I feel tiered all day keep getting like stars in my eyes and blurred vision headaches have a nasty taste in my mouth all of the time. Do I have diabetes at all?

  • dania January 27, 2014, 12:12 pm

    Ive been reading this and not all symptoms did I get. I just been getting really thirsty, I was thinking it was due to diabetic, since my brother is type 1 diabetic I decided to check how high my blood was it was about 124 which is normal . Now my question is can I still get a normal sugar level and still be diabetic ? I just dont want to get fool by 124 when I know its normal. If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks

  • Forever Unknown June 13, 2014, 12:37 am

    Ok so here is my problem. Lately I have been really thirsty all the time, also I feel like I have to go pee right after I just went. It has been going on for a little while now and I don’t know, could this be diabetes? Maybe even diabetes insipidous? If anyone knows please reply. Thank you.

  • jamie A June 21, 2014, 3:03 am

    I am very tired dizzy and also huge headache. I have experienced the finger tingling also. Please help

  • Anonymous July 6, 2014, 8:45 am

    I have recently become thirsy, i have peed like 10 tomes today, im not sure what is a mormal amount, and i have had lightheadedness a lot lately. I also know diabetes runs in my family. I am terrified of needles and I am 14. I would die if i am diabetic. Is there a chance I am? Or am i jusy paranoid. All of this other than the lightheaded started today.

  • Lucy Rhodes August 28, 2014, 7:41 pm

    My son is four. He is always tired an needing a nap. He drinks lots of fluids and doesn’t know when he has enough. He can drink a bottle in one go. He still eats plenty of food afterwards. He sweats a lot too. It this common? Many thanks

  • Kanisha October 14, 2014, 11:21 pm

    I have numbness is my hands I drink alot of water always need to use the bathroom and I lost 5 pounds without trying.can someone tell me whats wrong. Thankyou

  • Amlan dutta November 1, 2014, 2:31 am

    Sir i jave tested diabetes twice and urine to and all tests are normal .but still when i pee i see few ants revolving here n there after long time (after 2-3hrs span)
    whts maybe the reason m very much scared ???

  • Someone April 11, 2015, 6:50 am

    Help! I don’t know if I have diabetes. I was once really into candy, but then now i try to cut down. I have never been to an annual check up. Today (only today) after eating a meal, I have been drinking so much water, and urinated like 3 times in 4 hours. Is this a sign of diabetes?

  • Scared June 2, 2015, 11:21 pm

    Um… I’m freaking out because I was worried and googled my symptoms and this came up and I have EVERY symptom. I’m a 15 year old girl, idk if age matters but does it in this case? Are these the only symptoms??????????

  • farhat August 15, 2015, 2:19 am

    Im experiencing all these symptoms except frequent urination and itching one…m i diabetec??
    Plz tell me
    Tingleness in feet is excessive, thirsty i feel frequently, my vision has got more blurr too,my wound is not healing rather m getting infections (daane types) on my wound as well as on other parts of my hands n its not leaving me it just itches too much..plz tell me if m diabetec

  • farhat August 15, 2015, 2:26 am

    Im experiencing all these symptoms except frequent urination and itching one…m i diabetec??
    Plz tell me
    Tingleness in feet is excess, i feel frequently thirsty, my vision has got more blurr too,my wound is not healing rather m getting infections (daane types) on my wound as well as on other parts of my hands n its not leaving me it just itches too much..i frequently feel hungry bt cant eat much..i take my normal diet only…m losing my weight day by day n not being able to stop this plz tell me if m diabetec

  • Nicholas October 13, 2015, 4:53 am

    What about pain on the ride side of the abdomen and thirst?

  • Anon December 26, 2015, 4:44 am

    i am 15 and my bestfriend has type two ( also 15) i have alot of the symptoms listed, being overweight, excessive thirst, urinating often, tingle / numb libs, dark neck and armpits and even excessive hunger. i have been checked twice for diabetes & both times they come back negative even though type 2 & justational* diabetes runs in my family. How can I make myself healthy? Because this time i do believe my symptoms are getting worse and I’m very scared for my health .

    – Thank you

  • Lisa February 29, 2016, 12:13 am

    For a few months now, I have very cloudy, foul smelling urine, no matter how much I drink. I drink a lot of water, I am always thirsty and food often tastes funny. I don’t have a UTI, not pregnant, thyroidn is fine and no meds. Thoughts

  • Antonia April 15, 2016, 9:21 pm

    I am 11 yrs old and I have needed the loo a lot and also have to drink a lot I know it is probably nothing but do you think there is something wrong with me

  • nina May 29, 2016, 5:30 am

    I feel out of it a couple days of the week recently like as if I was like high, but I’m not. I’ve been drinking like lemonade and water excessively, my ankles hurt and are swollen all the time (not sure if this has anything to do with anything lol), peeing a lot, sweating heavenly sometimes out of no where, and my ribs hurt all the time.

  • Female June 4, 2016, 2:48 am

    Ok I’ve had this constant problem growing up, and my dad had type 2 diabetes which has got me wondering. My feet, my hands, sometimes my legs and arms will constantly go numb or have a prickling feeling. Another thing is they feel like ice even with gloves and socks on, and tremble quite a bit I’m kinda used to that though. Also I’m constantly tired, and I usually sleep frequently cause I feel like I have no energy; and I’m active but not to the point to where I should feel tired everywhere I go. I’m 16, and feel like an 80yr old woman. I’m far from overweight too so it’s kinda frustrating. And my body does this thing where it makes me feel sick, or like a weight is clenching my chest and my stomach; from eating my normal food like cereal which I put like a bit of the bag of sugar in, but if I eat something salty I get almost like a burning pain instead of a heavy weight pressure. So yeah I’m just curious, cause I kinda getting annoyed cause . Also to end this I read in the article about eye problems can it lead to a bad astigmatism, in the eyes.

  • Ashley Weber June 12, 2016, 8:02 pm

    @Zakiyah: that balls in the neck and stuff is common in my family, they’re goiters. A common side effect if a thyroid problem

  • Rhix August 6, 2016, 2:27 pm

    Hi im currently experiencing bloated stomach, i keep getting thirsty even though i already drink 2 glasses of water few seconds ago, i usually go to cr to pee before but today i just peed once even though i drank so much water since morning, when i peed my urine is dark yellow, when i wash it away with water it bubbled its like an acid. Can you guys tell me what is happening with me? I keep searching in internet for answers but some answers are not line with my symptomps. Also the back of my neck hurts a little so im guessing i have high blood pressure since i keep eating oily foods, and processed foods and no vegetables at all, Im afraid please someone advice me. :(

  • Brian October 30, 2016, 12:45 am

    Hi I’m kind of worried I felt dizzy I’d say like 20 minutes ago and I still do. I drank water and even ate 2 granola bars and I’ve had to use the bathroom allot ,I’m still dizzy and I’m a little concerned does anybody have an advice or tip ok why this might be happmening

  • Alex October 30, 2016, 12:51 am

    Hi I’ve been feeling light headed for like I’d say 30 minutes and when I sit down it makes it kind of worse and I’ve had diarrhea for 3 days know and I think that has to do with something and I’ve felt kind of warm and still feel dizzy and using the restroom quite a bit does anyone know what’s happening I’m a little concerned and I’ve tried drinking 2 water bottles and 2 granola bars but nothing

  • lisa November 26, 2016, 10:19 pm

    i always have dry mouth its worser when i wake up i need a drink every minuite even having water i need to pee everytime iv just had one i go for a wee alot in a day following dry mouth feel sick & dizzy after eating feel tired all the time and i get tingling and numbness in legs & feet & blurred vision its making me depressed cos i carnt do alot cos of it

  • laura con December 22, 2016, 2:02 am

    i have a huge prob with my lips do to diabeties, they are so dry they crack and peel,and burn,i bought the Made from Earth Beeswax Balm hoping it would help, omg its amazing, i fully would advice anyone to try.

  • Lily Fleming December 31, 2016, 8:29 am

    So if I’m 13 and am constantly thirsty, have to pee like every 30 minutes, and have a dry mouth then I might have diabetes?

  • Louise January 8, 2017, 4:23 pm

    I need some advice back in August i lost my baby due to him being a still born R.I.P i was seriously ill i had sepsis, kidney infection, iron levels were low so i took tablets lately within the last month ive had
    Dry mouth
    Frequent urination
    Drinking more than usual
    Blurred vision
    Tingling in my hands and feet
    Some discomfort in my stomach
    Is sleeping a lot more
    Feeling confused
    Could this be a sign of diabieties type 1?

  • Zoe January 24, 2017, 3:18 am

    I am constantly thirsty I drink about 7 bottles of water per day and when I’m eat more than three grams of sugar I get very sick and I have terrible version does anyone know what this is?

  • Dawn March 14, 2017, 7:54 pm

    Lately I’m really tired could be going somewhere eyes feel really funny and blurred head fuzzy going to toilet every hour sometimes more feel like a need a drink of something sweet then feel a little better if I stand to long feet ache tingle

  • Carl Broom April 13, 2017, 11:48 am

    Good advice.might be getting to much glucose.also under lots of stress.not gonna run and get on insulin.need to do resrarch

  • RANDY GARZA1 June 7, 2017, 10:49 pm

    I HAVE none of THESE signs. Feel dizzy at times. I drink meds for high blood pressure.

  • sam jr July 19, 2017, 12:21 am

    I feel like ants walk over my body wenever I take sugary substances

  • Anonymous July 26, 2017, 1:09 pm

    I woke up in the middle of the night with an unquenchable thirst. After chugging pepsi, powerede and water, I fell asleep. About 3 hours later, I wet the bed. I was still thisty, so I searched for a reason why and it brought me to this page. Advice please.

  • Nsindiso July 27, 2017, 3:21 am

    I fainted a few days back after having had something like a panic attack while relaxing at home. It’s been a few days but I wake up feeling thirsty, craving something sweet and feeling hungry. What could be the problem?

  • Rambuda shumani August 3, 2017, 7:27 pm

    I am a 17 years old girl and I have 3 of this symptoms and am afraid that my body might be unable to produce insulin

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