Diabetes Symptoms

The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.

Learn about how your doctor can make a diabetes diagnosis or take our Risk Test to find out if you are at increased risk for having type 2 diabetes.

Although there are many similarities between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the cause of each is very different. And the treatment is usually quite different, too. Some people, especially adults who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, may have symptoms similar to type 2 diabetes and this overlap between types can be confusing. 

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes Onset in an Infant or Child

Raising the awareness that young children, including infants, can get type 1 diabetes can help parents know when to check for type 1 diabetes.

Learn more about symptoms of type 1 diabetes in an infant/child.

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes Onset in Adults 

When an adult is diagnosed with diabetes, they are often mistakenly told that they have type 2 diabetes.

Learn more about symptoms of type 1 diabetes in adults. 

Gestational Diabetes

Women with gestational diabetes often have no symptoms, which is why it's important for at-risk women to be tested at the proper time during pregnancy.

Learn more about gestational diabetes.

Symptoms of Diabetes Complications

Have you already been diagnosed with diabetes but are concerned about symptoms that may be the result of complications related to diabetes?

Visit the Complications section.

You may also be interested in our book, Uncomplicated Guide To Diabetes' Complications, 3rd Edition

Learn More

Do you have questions or concerns about diabetes symptoms? Want to connect with others? Visit the American Diabetes Association Community to find support now!

If you've recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, enroll in the FREE Living With Type 2 Diabetes program to get more information and support.

If you or your child has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, order our sòng bạc trực tuyếnFREE Courage-Wisdom-Hope Kit for children and their families.  

  • Last Reviewed: August 28, 2018
  • Last Edited: August 29, 2018

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