Symptoms

The symptoms of diabetes result from elevated blood glucose levels. The body attempts to clear excess glucose from the system through the urine accounting for increased thirst. In the absence of insulin (Type 1 Diabetes) or with decreased insulin sensitivity (Type 2 Diabetes), glucose does not enter the cells. This results in fatigue, hunger and weight loss despite high levels of glucose energy available in the blood.

Because bacteria thrive on sugar, high levels of blood glucose make it easier to acquire and sustain infections. Wounds are slower to heal due in part to poor circulation associated with diabetes. Elevated blood glucose can damage almost every part of the body including the kidneys, heart, skin, eyes, nerves and blood vessels.

People with diabetes often experience:

  • Increased Thirst
  • Increased Urination
  • Excessive Hunger
  • Weight Loss
  • Blurred Vision
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Frequent Infections
  • Slow Healing of Wounds or Sores