Do You Have These Warning Signs of Diabetes?

There are several warning signs of diabetes and it is important to look out for them if you think you might be at risk

Do You Have These Warning Signs of Diabetes?

The following are the Warning Signs of diabetes* [1]:

  • Frequently passing urine - especially noticeable during the night
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • 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

Even if you have none of the symptoms of diabetes, you could still be at risk of developing the disease. The following are risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes:
  • Ethnicity
  • 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.
Some risk factors are out of your control – you cannot change your age, your country of birth, the fact that you had gestational diabetes, or that a family member had diabetes. Others are more in your control – you can change your waistline, you can try to lower your weight by eating properly and exercising, you can lower your risk of heart disease by also eating properly and exercising.
All of us can help each other in trying to reduce our risk of type 2 diabetes.
For people who want to avoid getting diabetes, or for people who have diabetes, it is important to maintain a desirable weight to avoid complications.


  1. World Diabetes Day booklet, International Diabetes Federation, 2009.
  2. Diabetes Australia, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2010.
  3. Diabetes Management in General Practice, 16th Edition 2010/11, Diabetes Australia, 2010.
  4. Rizwana Kousar, (2010) What is Diabetes?, Community Education Series, Melbourne. ã Australian Community Centre for Diabetes, 2010

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