Symptoms of Diabetes

Every fourth adult in Pakistan is either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Worryingly, diabetes is not just about high sugar levels, but also about the complications that result from these high sugar levels. People with diabetes can develop heart, kidney, eye, and limb-related complications. Diabetes also contributes to hearing loss, dementia, and depression. Therefore, it is critical to know whether you have diabetes or not so that you can take appropriate measures to keep sugar levels under control.

Some signs to look out for are:

  • Itchy skin
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Dark skin patches
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Severe and chronic fatigue
  • Increased hunger and thirst
  • Slow or un-healing sores or cuts
  • Frequent gum and skin infections
  • Red, swollen, and/or receding gums
  • Numbness or pain in legs and/or feet
  • Breath that smells like nail polish remover
  • Breathing more deeply and faster than normal
  • Persistent abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting
  • Frequent yeast infections (especially between the fingers and toes, under breasts, and around sex organs)

You may be at risk of diabetes when, in addition to the above symptoms, your blood glucose levels are greater than or equivalent to:

  • 126 mg/dL (deciliter) after and 8-hour fast


  • 200mg/dL without fasting

Keep an eye out  for these symptoms, and if you experience them, be sure to discuss with your healthcare provider for immediate action. Remember – proactive action saves lives!

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