Can you have diabetes without symptoms?

How come I didn't have any symptoms of diabetes when my case was diagnosed?

You were one of the thousands of hidden diabetics people who have diabetes and don't realize it. You're one of the smart (or lucky) ones. You caught diabetes early by a urine or blood sugar test before it had done any real damage.

If you neglect your diabetes in the future, that's when you may begin to experience the classic symptoms of more advanced diabetes: excessive urination and thirst, increased appetite, rapid loss of weight, irritability, weakness and fatigue, and nausea and vomiting. These indicate ketoacidosis, which if untreated will lead to coma and ultimately to death. These are the symptoms that usually strike children and adolescents suddenly.

Most people who get diabetes between the ages of thirtyfive and sixty have a different set of symptoms, though they may also have any of the above. Generally, the warning signals for this age group are drowsiness, itching, blurred vision, tingling and numbness in feet, easy fatigue, skin infections, and slow healing. People of this age group often have two additional clues that diabetes may be in the offing: they are overweight and they have a family history of diabetes.


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