Do You Have These Warning Signs of Diabetes?
The following are the Warning Signs of diabetes* :
- Frequently passing urine - especially noticeable during the night
- Excessive thirst
- Increased hunger
- Weight loss
- Lack of interest and concentration
- Vomiting and stomach pain (often mistaken as the flu)
- A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet
- Other signs include blurred vision, frequent infections and slow-healing wounds.
*These can be mild or absent in people with type 2 diabetes.
If you don't have any of the above signs
- Diabetes in the family
- Previous gestational diabetes (or a baby >4kg at birth)
- Over 65 years of age
- Carrying too much weight (especially excess fat around the waist)
- High blood pressure and cholesterol
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Heart disease.
- World Diabetes Day booklet, International Diabetes Federation, 2009.
- Diabetes Australia, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2010.
- Diabetes Management in General Practice, 16th Edition 2010/11, Diabetes Australia, 2010.
- Rizwana Kousar, (2010) What is Diabetes?, Community Education Series, Melbourne. ã Australian Community Centre for Diabetes, 2010