Should I talk to my doctor about my diabetes symptoms?

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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

If you have diabetes, you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor will monitor you regularly for possible complications of diabetes. Tell him or her about any new or bothersome symptoms. These can indicate that you're developing complications, such as foot problems or vision issues. The earlier you take action, the better your results can be. If you have symptoms related to low blood sugar levels, such as dizziness, tell your doctor, who can help you manage your diabetes and your blood sugar better.

The symptoms of type 1 diabetes vary, but they usually develop rather quickly. For example, if you are experiencing sudden, increased thirst (and, subsequently, more frequent urination) for no apparent reason, you should speak to your doctor about being tested for diabetes. Other symptoms that may prompt you to seek your doctor's advice are: increased hunger, even after eating; weight loss; tiredness; and, more seriously, blurred vision. These symptoms may indicate the presence of diabetes. Although these symptoms may be related to other, less serious conditions, early diagnosis is key to preventing serious, long-term complications of type 1 diabetes.

Unlike type I diabetes, the symptoms for type 2 diabetes develop gradually over time. Some people do not experience any symptoms at all. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are very similar to symptoms of type 1. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor about being tested for diabetes, especially if someone in your immediate family has been diagnosed with this condition or there are other risk factors, such as a family history of heart disease.

Consult your doctor if you are experiencing these symptoms.

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