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Signs that Suggest that a Person has Diabetes

Updated on February 16, 2017

Signs of diabetes

Early detection of diabetes can save a lot of complications
Early detection of diabetes can save a lot of complications

Warning signs of diabetes

It is one thing having diabetes and it is another thing knowing that you have diabetes. It is very important to detect diabetes at the early stage. Detecting the disease at its early stage gives you a great chance of bring it under control. According to research, if the symptoms of diabetes can be detected at the early stage, the chances of a person developing complications are reduced.

Symptoms of diabetes

If you have diabetes, there are certain signs and symptoms that come along with it. Below are some of the signs that suggest that a person has diabetes:

Frequent urination

One of the main signs that suggest that a person is suffering from diabetes is increased urination. When a person is suffering from diabetes, excess sugar builds up in the person’s blood. The excess build up of sugar in the blood causes the kidney to overwork in order to filter and absorb excess sugar. When the kidneys work harder than they are supposed to, then the patient produces more urine than usual. This is the reason why sufferers of diabetes tend to experience frequent urination.

If you observe that there is the feeling need to pass out urine within very short periods in a day, then it is best you visit your doctor in time, since the aim is to detect the disease in time.


Another common sign and symptom of diabetes is the frequent feeling of tiredness or fatigue. There are so many reasons why diabetics often suffer from fatigue. One of the most common reasons why diabetics often feel tired is because of their constant urination. The more they urinate, the more hydrated they become. And the more dehydrated one is, the easier it is for one to get tired.

Another cause of fatigue in people suffering from diabetes is as a result of the fact that when a person is suffering from diabetes, his or her body is unable to properly convert sugar into energy to be used by the body.

Blurry vision

Sufferers of diabetes often experience blurred vision. According to health experts, the high blood sugar levels in a diabetic's system makes the lenses in his or her eyes to swell, thereby making it difficult for him or her to see properly.

Slow healing wounds and frequent infections

When you have diabetes, infections become more common because high levels of sugar conflict with the natural healing processes. High levels of sugar harden arteries and make your blood vessels narrow which contribute to slow healing of wounds; this is because your blood won’t be able to flow well, hence it curtails the production of new cells to replace old ones in the body.

The newer cells are better equipped to fight infections in the body than the old ones. Also when your glucose level is high, your immune system can’t function properly and it makes your system prone to infections.

Weight loss

One of the key signs that suggest that a person has diabetes is weight loss. When you have diabetes, you lose a lot of calories in your body. This is because your condition will cause fat and sugar from your food not to reach your body’s cells leading to constant weight loss.

Your body will begin to burn the little fat in your system to give you energy while majority of the new fat from your food is wasted because it is unable to reach your cells for it to be used in replacing the used ones.

Tingling and burning pains in the hands or feet

People who have diabetes often suffer from nerve damage, which easily leads to nerve damage. The nerve damage is what causes the tingling and sometimes burning sensations in the hands and feet of most sufferers of diabetes.

Early detection of diabetes is important

A woman undergoing a blood test
A woman undergoing a blood test


The signs that suggest that a person has diabetes may vary from one individual to another. Therefore, to be on a much safer side, or better still to detect the disease in time, it is best to have annual blood test.

It is even more important for persons over the age of 35 to regularly have blood test for diabetes. Also individuals with a family history of diabetes are recommended to have regular blood tests. Persons who are overweight are also advised to regularly visit their physicians to have checks for any possible detection of the disease.

Remember, early detection of diabetes is important in bringing the disease under control.

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    • Enoch Kane profile image

      Enoch Kane 13 months ago from Ghana

      It is best to have regular blood test so that you can detect the disease in time. If detected in time it is less problematic to control.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 13 months ago from Washington, DC

      Very informative, Enoch. I need to pay close attention to these symptoms because I know I'm at risk. Thanks for providing this basic information.

    • Don Bobbitt profile image

      Don Bobbitt 13 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      God Clear article. I am Type-2 myself, but I probably went 8-10 years before I accepted that I was a diabetic.

      I control mine well now, but there are so many others out there who just ignore their symptoms.