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.

You can download the diabetes warning signs here:   

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:

Chris Dudley Foundation’s mission is to empower and inspire all people with diabetes to live active and dream BIG!  The foundation offers high quality camps and educational programs, collaborative healthcare, and networks of support; all to help people with diabetes live healthier, more active and fulfilling lives.


Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 88 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. The company also has leading positions within hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. For diabetes care resources visit:


JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.


ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.The ADA:

  •  funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes
  • delivers services to hundreds of communities
  • provides objective and credible information


Unite our community:  risk factors for diabetes


Presented By

Novo Nordisk
Chris Dudley Foundation Make It Better