The 8 Overlooked Signs You May Have Diabetes

Some people with Type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild they go unnoticed. Even people who look as healthy as actor Tom Hanks can have undetected diabetes. 

But without early detection and treatment, people with diabetes may develop complications that can affect their vision, feet, nerves and kidneys, or even lead to widespread organ damage or stroke.  We ignore these signs at our own peril.

Here are some of the often-overlooked symptoms of diabetes, from the American Diabetes Association. If you have even one of these, talk to your doctor.

  1. Urinating often
  2. Feeling very thirsty
  3. Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
  4. Extreme fatigue
  5. Blurry vision
  6. Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
  7. Weight loss - even though you are eating more (Type 1)
  8. Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (Type 2)

The good news is that diabetes can be diagnosed by your doctor, and with correct treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many people with diabetes can delay – or even prevent – serious complications.

Don’t have a doctor? Visit to find one near you.

Gwinnett Medical Center’s Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center offers diabetes education and management through a variety of programs. Learn more at



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