The most widely known symptoms of diabetes are excessive thirst and frequent urination.
Since those two symptoms are talked about most often, it’s easy to miss other lesser-known side effects of having Type 2 diabetes, especially as these symptoms can also take years to develop.
Besides increased thirst, Type 2 diabetes causes fatigue. Not just ‘too tired to get out of bed’ fatigue, but a weariness that overcomes the body and you feel like you can’t make it through the afternoon without a nap.
The fatigue is heavy enough to cause difficulty focusing or concentrating. You feel foggy, unable to accomplish the tasks you could once breeze through to completion.
The disease also causes blurred vision, the feeling that your eyes are having trouble focusing. Sadly, this is a key symptom often missed in people of middle age as they attribute the vision problems to aging.
Severe headaches caused by the high glucose levels are also a sign of diabetes as can dizziness.
Though dizziness is one of the hardest complaints for a doctor to find a cause for, in people with Type 2 diabetes, the dizziness feels as if you’re walking sideways or the room is tilting to one side.
At night while trying to go to sleep, if you get the sensation that you’re moving and you’re not or that you’re falling and you’re not, this can also be a sign to get checked.
For women, recurring yeast infections are a sign to get checked for the disease as diabetes causes these infections due to the high level of sugar spilling into the urine.
When the body can’t break down the glucose, it tries to get rid of it through the kidneys, which is why diabetes can also cause kidney failure if left un-managed.
Numbness and tingling of the fingers, hands and feet can also be a sign of diabetes. If you lie in bed at night and your hand and fingers are tingling, don’t assume it’s because of the way you laid on it.
The pins and needles sensation could be from the nerves being exposed to too much glucose.
Weight loss without trying is one of the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes that’s very dangerous if overlooked.
When the weight loss is rapid, it can mean that your cells aren’t getting the glucose they need and they’re beginning to starve.
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