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Recognizing Diabetes Symptoms

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Recognizing Diabetes Symptoms

If you happen to be a diabetic or know one who is, recognizing what diabetic symptoms are is important. This is also true if you have a strong family history of diabetes; you’ll want to be aware of the symptoms in case you develop the disease, too.

It’s important to know that not all cases of diabetes will show diabetes symptoms unless the diabetes is severe. Others will have early symptoms that can be picked up if one is vigilant. For example, one symptom of early diabetes is that of episodes of “low blood sugar”, also called hypoglycemia. With this symptom, a person will experience shakiness, sweating, hunger pangs and dizziness because the insulin has overshot the target blood sugar.

Those with diabetes symptoms related to very high blood sugar often feel a general sense of illness, weight loss and nausea. They can also feel dizzy or light-headed. When these symptoms occur, the blood sugar is often greater than 300 mg per deciliter but can be as high as 600 milligrams per deciliter. Blood sugars above 600 milligrams per deciliter can cause an altered sense of consciousness and a diabetic coma.

Those with Type I diabetes have slightly different diabetes symptoms. These individuals have some of the same symptoms of Type II diabetes but can get into much more severe symptoms such as diabetic ketoacidosis. This occurs when byproducts of metabolism, called ketones, build up in the body. This causes stomach pains, generalized loss of consciousness and coma, which can be fatal. Type I diabetics can also have symptoms of low blood sugar if they take too much insulin.

Diabetics can develop diabetic symptoms, even if they are in moderate control. Diabetics carry a risk of losing nerve function to the nerves of the legs, a condition called peripheral neuropathy. This results in the inability to feel things with one’s feet. Diabetic foot ulcers can develop as a result of poor nerve and circulatory function.

Diabetics can develop the diabetic symptom of poor vision. This is because untreated diabetes causes changes in the blood vessels in the eyes so that the vision becomes poor. The condition is called diabetic retinopathy and can be treated by using laser treatments to the retina.

Kidney disease is another diabetic symptom. This generally happens when the diabetes is poorly treated. There may or may not be actual symptoms, like water retention, but tests will show that the kidneys are failing. This can lead to needing a kidney transplant or dialysis if the symptoms are severe.

The cardiovascular system can play a role in diabetes. Peripheral vascular disease, or poor circulation to the legs, is a diabetic symptom. This can result in cold feet or foot ulcers in diabetics. The heart can also be involved. Diabetes is a risk factor for having a heart attack. This is the biggest reason why early and careful control is important for diabetics at all stages of the disease. In fact, most of the complications of diabetes can be improved by improving the various diabetic symptoms early.

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when someone loses weight, does he also lose his risk of diabetes or does he lower his blood sugar level. please answer XD


I get dizziness, shakes, headache when my blood sugar crashes (gets too low) but the fact that you have a fever and chest pains in not good. It sounds like your blood sugar is really off (either too high or low), but with the fever and some of these symptoms you could have an infection, (maybe urinary tract or even kidney… any back pain??) and possibly septic (infection spreading to your blood stream).
I would quit wasting time on here and get yourself to a doc..
like right now

UPDATE: here is some info on these things, pretty much in line with what I have experienced

Sepsis Overview

Sepsis is a condition in which your body is fighting a severe infection. If you become "septic," you will likely be in a state of low blood pressure termed "shock." This condition can develop either as a result of your body's own defense system or from toxic substances made by the infecting agent (such as a bacteria, virus, or fungus).

Sepsis Symptoms

If a patient have sepsis, they often will have fever. Sometimes, though, the body temperature may be normal or even low.
The patient may also have chills and severe shaking.
The patient's heart may be beating very fast and breathing rapidly.
Confusion, disorientation, and agitation may be seen as well as dizziness and decreased urination.
Some patients who have sepsis develop a rash on their skin. The rash may be a reddish discoloration or small dark red dots throughout the body.
You may also develop pain in the joints at your wrists, elbows, back, hips, knees, and ankles.

Hypoglycemia in People Who Do Not Have Diabetes
Two types of hypoglycemia can occur in people who do not have diabetes: reactive (postprandial, or after meals) and fasting (postabsorptive). Reactive hypoglycemia is not usually related to any underlying disease; fasting hypoglycemia often is.

Symptoms of both types resemble the symptoms that people with diabetes and hypoglycemia experience: hunger, nervousness, perspiration, shakiness, dizziness, light-headedness, sleepiness, confusion, difficulty speaking, and feeling anxious or weak.

Some illnesses that affect the liver, heart, or kidneys can cause hypoglycemia. Sepsis (overwhelming infection) and starvation are other causes of hypoglycemia. In these cases, treatment targets the underlying cause.


Watch out on using advice from yahoo answers if truthfulness is graded. While 80% of type 2's are overweight, only 18% of obese people are diabetic.


I think I miht have a few symptoms, but it may just be my head… :S I, too, hope I don’t have it D:


You will have a blood test called a A1C. It will be scaled in the lower numbers. Go to the web and pull it up. The hemoglobin lasts about three months and they will check what your sugar average was for then. You can get a chart to match the low numbers with the blood meter check. You may have a 5.2. this could be a 92 on a finger stick. Don't quote these figures. But. you get the idea.
About ten years ago I was prediabetic. I was told in less then ten years I'd be on insulin probably. I had remembered a cousin of mine in Germany that I stayed with was a diabetic. He held it in fairly good control through using the glycemic index(frrom his doctor) to calculate his intake.
I searched through Hamilton Bookseller and found a book on the Glycemic Index written by several Doctors from countries with socialized medicine. (English edition) for about $12.
No meals of boiled chicken, a celery stick two leaves of lettuce, boiled rice in in greens. Everything you like to eat now can easily be worked into your food plan. One evening when my sister stopped over I was haveing some ice cream topped with strawberries. It was allowed.
Ten years later and lots of test gone by, my doctor says he can't say I have the pre diabetic condition. What is often said to be a thyroid problem is glycemic problem. It also helps one to lose weight which in turn makes your metabolism speed up. I'd try it first before I took thyroid therapy etc.(pills) Your doctor will work with you . The foods are calculated and scaled as low,(really good) med(normal) and high (limit your intake.) Just ask for a three months on the glycemic chart eating formula. Retake the A1C. You'll be happy you did. I know I am.


sounds like a mixture of hyperthyroidims and hypothyroidism.
here check them both out and get your thyroid levels retested. and what regular doctors think it ok results an endocrinologist would think is abnormal so get into see an endocrinologist cuz they specialize in thyroid conditions. and regular doctors don't have enough or the right kind of knowledge to help you.

when you have your "highs"

when you have your "lows"

hope you find the answers you need very soon.


I agree 100%.

My areas of expertise are varied, and if a question I can answer or weigh in on pops up on the homepage in an "odd" (for me) category, I'll take a go at it. I have a 32% best answer rate which isn't super-amazing, but is fairly good considering Y! Answers (the amount of info submitted, many good answers/answerers, askers picking/choosing answers), and I have sustained that percentage my entire stay here. I am the second highest best answer contributor in the Rail category.

Alas, I have no tag. It hath not to do with "self-importance" or the like, rather giving credit where credit is due.


I have been living with and helping my diabetic husband for 18 years. Your daughter's symptoms sounds very much like she might have diabetes. Only her doctor through blood test will know for sure. I'm glad you are aware of her problems and have taken steps to get her checked out.

I'm sending you the physical signs of diabetes, which are the following:

1. being very thirsty
2. frequent urination
3 extreme hunger
4. increased fatigue
5. losing weight without trying
6. blurry vision
7. irritability
8. sores that are slow to heal
9. dry, itchy skin
10. tingling or loss of feeling in hands or feet
11. frequent infections, especially yeast infections

Also I wanted to add that a person with diabetes at onset may or may not have all of these symptoms. My husband had the extreme thirst, but I did not. He gained weight, and I lost weight. The most common symptoms however in almost all diabetics is: extreme hunger, thirst, and fatigue.

Here are some very good websites you might want to check out for more information on diabetes:,,, and

Good luck with your daughter. Hope this helps a little.

Have a blessed day!

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