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What Are the Early Symptoms of Diabetes?


Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that requires lifelong management. Early detection allows for treatment to begin as soon as possible, minimizing the risks of serious complications. For people with type 1 diabetes, the symptoms are often very noticeable, and diagnosis is sometimes made after they seek emergency care. Some people with type 2 diabetes, however, have symptoms that are so mild that they only find out about their condition through a routine blood test during a physical. Being alert to these symptoms and seeking medical care if they occur can help you catch diabetes in its early stages and reduce the risk of both short- and long-term complications.

Frequent Urination
When you have diabetes, your body can’t effectively process sugar in your blood stream, so it tries to flush it out through the kidneys. As your blood sugar levels rise, so does your need to urinate as your body works to remove sugar and toxins. Frequent urination also causes another common early symptom of diabetes – extreme thirst. The body becomes dehydrated from urinating so frequently, causing intense thirst that is difficult to quench until blood sugar levels return to normal.

Extreme Hunger
Because your body can’t effectively digest much of the food you’re eating when you have uncontrolled diabetes, nutrients don’t nourish your cells, and as a result, you feel very hungry. For people with type 1 diabetes in particular, weight loss may occur alongside a marked increase in eating.

Slow Healing Wounds
High blood sugar levels impact your circulation, slowing down the rush of healing nutrients to injuries. The excess sugar in your blood also feeds any infection that is present. These factors cause slow wound healing in people with diabetes.

Blurry vision, tingling in hands feet, and frequent yeast infections in women can all also indicate diabetes, so see a provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose if they are happening to you. We provide emergency care in San Jose for diabetes complications and ongoing care management through our specialists. Call our hospital today at (888) 762-8881 for a physician referral or more information about services, including stroke care and robotic surgery.