Diabetes Care Center
Signs and symptoms
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body breaks down sugar. It causes your body to have too much sugar in the blood. It could also be that you do not have enough insulin, a hormone that helps your body break down the sugar in the food you eat to give you energy.
Diabetes is a serious disease. Some forms of diabetes are more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as older people.
What are the warning signs?
Here are the most common symptoms of diabetes:
- Feeling hungry and/or thirsty all the time
- Going to the bathroom a lot
- Blurred vision
- Feeling tired
- Unexplained weight loss/gain
- Cuts that heal slowly
- Hands/feet feel tingly
What happens if I don’t control my diabetes?
You can have diabetes and still say “I am healthy” by following these everyday healthy habits.
If you do not have control of your diabetes, it can:
- Cause you to go blind, get kidney disease, or have foot problems.
- Make it easier to get infections and/or wounds that will not heal.
- Put you at a higher risk of getting heart disease or having a stroke.
- Cause you to have nerve damage.
- Make you feel tired, thirsty and have to go to the bathroom much more than usual.
How can I control my diabetes and say “I am healthy”?
You can live a full life with diabetes. Here’s how:
- If you have any risks and/or warning signs, talk with your doctor right away
- Get all your tests and exams as recommended by your doctor
- Ask your doctor questions—stay informed
- Follow these healthy habits
- Get connected with our Care Management program
For more information on diabetes, please visit www.diabetes.org.