What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Indonesia
April 29, 2009 4:37pm CST
Diabetes run in my family. My maternal grandmother has it and has become blind by it. How can I tell if I have diabetes before getting tested for it? Are there any symptoms?
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• Finland
29 Apr 09
I had a "standard sugar balance test" (not sure if it´s called that in English but thats what it would be directly translated from my language). You take a blodtest drink a bottle of something that tastes like coke with a LOT of extra sugar then you wait an hour, take another blod test, wait yet another hour and take the third and last bloodtest. Takes 2 hours... and you can´t eat for 12h(or 9h can´t remember) before the test
• Indonesia
9 May 09
thanks buzzman007 this is very helpful I will have to go and have the tests.
• Finland
9 May 09
NP - Hope it´s "nothing". But then you will know that... Cheers
@pink_lady (361)
• Philippines
6 May 09
Hi Norahfaith. My husband's uncle has diabetes and want to share to you the pamphlet information about Diabetes that his doctor gave him. Now, the Uncle of my husband has now only one leg left due to Diabetes. Hope the below information would you a lot. About Diabetes: Many of the signs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are similar, both have too much glucose in the blood and not enough in the cells of the body. High glucose levels in Type 1 are due to lack of insulin because the insulin producing cells have been destroyed. Either ways, your cells aren't getting the glucose that they need and your body lets you know by giving these signs and symptoms. Blurred vision, skin that is dry or itchy, frequent infections or cuts and bruises that take long time to heal are also signs that something is amiss. When these signs are associated with diabetes, they are the result of high glucose levels in the body. The list of signs and symptoms mentioned above also includes symptoms below: Frequent Trips to The Bathroom Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood. If Insulin is non-existent or in-effective, the kidneys can't filter glucose back to the blood. They become overwhelmed and try to draw extra water out of the blood to dilute the glucose. This keeps your bladder full and it keeps you running to the bathroom. Unquenchable Thirst If you feels like you can't get enough water and you're drinking much more than usual, it could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go hand in hand with frequent urination. Losing Weight Without Trying This symptom is more noticeable with Type 1 diabetes. The pancreas stops making insulin, possibly due to a viral attack on pancreas cells or because an autoimmune response makes the body attack the insulin producing cells. Type 2 happens gradually with increasing insulin resistance so weight loss is not as noticeable. Weakness and Fatigue Glucose from the food we eat travels into the bloodstream where insulin is supposed to help it transition into the cells of the body. When the insulin isn't there or if the cells don't react to it anymore, then the glucose stays outside the celle in the bloodstream. The cells become energy starved and you feel tired and run down. Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet This sympptom is called Neuropathy.It gradually occurs over time as consistently high glucose in the blood damages the nervous system. When you notice any of the above signs, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
• Indonesia
23 May 09
Thanks for this helpful information pink_lady. I am really grateful for this information.
@Citychic (4078)
• United States
22 May 09
Hello Norahfaith, Pink lady gave you some very helpful information. My dad has diabetes and I asked him about some of the symptoms. What was it that helped him to know that he had diabetes. His answer was that he was making frequent trips to the bathroom to pee but when he tried to pee there was very little urine. So he went to see a doctor and the doctor told him he had type 2 diabetes. Recently I had these same symptoms so I went to see the doctors and I was told it was something else. I will normally get tested for diabetes about once a year since it's affected a family member. If you think that you might have any of the signs it's best to get tested right away. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Good luck!
@ketybhagat (4125)
• India
6 May 09
What your grandmother had was type I diabetes which is insuline dependent. If not taken care, it can affect the vital organs of the body. The main signs are thrist, frequent urination, excessive tiredness, constant hunger. When the diabetese increases, you feel irritaion in the private parts. It is always better to get yourself tested for this killer silent disease. It should be done fasting, early in the morning and then two hours after your midday meal. If diabetese runs in the family, better take care and get it checked.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
6 May 09
There are many symptoms but just because you have some symptoms it doesn't mean you have the condition. The best thing is to get checked.
@BlueAngelRS (2900)
• Canada
1 May 09
I don't know the signs of type 1 but my symtoms that I didn't realize til after I was tested were dark coloring under the arm pits, elbows, and on the back of the neck...Also thirsty all the time...I don't know if your Doctors office does this but some offices will test your blood sugar if you ask them too that is one way to find out if the reading is normal or not as well!
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
30 Apr 09
One of the few symptoms that i know are, thru your wounds and urine.. Try to look out for any ants in the toilet or near the toilet bowl area, because if one has got diabetes, their pee will be sweet and thus attracting ants to it.. As for wounds, anybody with diabetes, their wounds wont be healing as fast as it should be, and when one really had diabetes, those open wounds would never heal at all, and it will even be infected.. Thus, these two are more or less the tell tale signs for diabetics ^_^
29 Apr 09
Hi norahfaith, I think the best thing to do is to go to your doctor and ask him/her the same questions, your doctor will then do some test for you and put your mind at rest. Tamara
• Finland
29 Apr 09
There i two types of diabetes type 1 and 2. Thirst is the most common known symptom. Not sure if it applies to both of the types. There are other side effects too but I think it´s very individual. My Father has diabetes, and what i know the only thing he notised was extreme thirst. But If you have it in the family you should get tested. I got tested last year. I don´t have it but i did infact have somewhat higher numbers than the norm.
@kellyt82 (204)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I do not know all of the symptoms, but there is one I have always been told about. Extreme thirst is usually a sign you should get tested for diabetes. I drink around 15 glasses of water a day so many people have always told me I should be tested for diabetes. I have been, and it came out negative, but the extreme thirst I have is the reason I was told.