You may have
type 2 diabetes
for years before you start to have symptoms. Symptoms may be difficult to notice if they are mild. High blood glucose levels may cause the symptoms, or they may be due to complications from diabetes.
Symptoms may include:
Weight lossIncreased urinationIncreased thirstIncreased hungerFatigueBlurry visionIrritabilityFrequent or recurring infectionsSlow wound healingFoot ulcersNumbness or tingling in the hands or feetProblems with gums and teethItchingErectile dysfunction
Diabetes mellitus type 2. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 29, 2013. Accessed August 28, 2013.
Your guide to diabetes: Type 1 and type 2. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at:
http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/your-guide-diabetes/Pages/index.aspx. Updated August 29, 2012. Accessed August 28, 2013.
Type 2. American Diabetes Association website. Available at:
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/?loc=util-header_type2. Accessed August 28, 2013.
Last reviewed September 2015 by Kim A. Carmichael, MD
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