Empower Yourself: Know the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

Why empower?  Empowering yourself with knowledge about the signs and symptoms of diabetes is an important step in recognizing the disease.  Many symptoms do not seem out of the ordinary, and thus leave diabetes undiagnosed.  The longer it goes undiagnosed, the greater the chance of complications.  Educating yourself is empowerment – and can lead to making  healthy choices for yourself,  making changes in your lifestyle, and helping prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.  As a community, we can spread awareness about diabetes, proactive choices, and prevention.

Know the Signs & Symptoms

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

*Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

American Diabetes Association, 25 June. 2012

If you show these signs, please consult your healthcare provider.

For more information on diabetes, you can contact these organizations:


Diabetes Resources
Unite our community:  risk factors for diabetes


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