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Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can cause serious health complications. That's why is very important to know how to spot type 2 diabetes symptoms. Even pre-diabetes can increase the chance of heart disease just like type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Talk to your doctor about preventive measures you can take now to reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes due to high blood sugar may include:

• Increased thirst

• Increased hunger (especially after eating)

• Dry mouth

• Frequent urination

• Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)

• Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)

• Blurred vision

• Headaches

• Loss of consciousness (rare)

Contact your health care provider if you have any type 2 diabetes symptoms or if you have further questions about type 2 diabetes. It’s important to get diabetes testing and start a treatment plan early to prevent serious diabetes complications.

Type 2 diabetes is usually not diagnosed until health complications have occurred. Most often, there are no diabetes symptoms or a very gradual development of the above symptoms of type 2 diabetes. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don't know they have it.

Other symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include:

• Slow-healing sores or cuts

• Itching of the skin (usually around the vaginal or groin area)

• Frequent yeast infections

• Recent weight gain

• Velvety dark skin changes of the neck, armpit and groin, called acanthosis nigricans

• Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet

• Decreased vision

• Impotency

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