7 Symptoms of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore

3. Eye Problems

A side effect of the dehydration caused by diabetes can be a severe drying of the eyes resulting in itchy and irritated eyes. Furthermore, high blood sugar can damage the tiny blood vessels in the eyes. This can cause blurry vision in one or both of the eyes and may come and go.

4. Slow-Healing Cuts and Skin Infections

A higher-than-normal blood glucose level increases the thickness of blood and causes your blood vessels to narrow. Poor circulation and nerve damage can make it hard for your body to heal wounds. This is especially true on the feet.

When your blood sugar level is higher than normal it prevents your immune system from functioning efficiently. That is why people who have diabetes tend to get skin infections. The skin becomes hot, swollen and is painful or itchy.

Pain or Numbness

About one in five people with diabetes develop neuropathy, painful nerves. High  blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels leading towards nerve endings, which may cause nerve damage. This usually occurs in the legs and feet and sometimes the hands. Some people describe the feeling as a numbness or tingling.


Fatigue seems to occur in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Blood glucose fluctuation can really drain your energy and make you feel very tired or fatigued.

Dry skin

People with diabetes are more likely to develop a variety of skin conditions. At least 30 percent have to deal with skin problems to a greater or lesser extent. Very dry skin is particularly common.

If you are concerned about your health, talk with your doctor. Recognizing the early signs and symptoms of diabetes can result in getting treatment sooner, which reduces the risk of severe complications.

Source: American Diabetes Association / NHS

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