Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)


The symptoms of diabetes can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms and signs at the onset of diabetes? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Pin cushion, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 02

I was less than 1 years old when I fell into a coma as a baby. I am now 63 years old. Throughout most of my adult years I always took my shots of insulin for diabetes. I remember when I was 20 I felt sick like I had the flu, my head felt dizzy, my eyesight was fuzzy and I was short of breath. I walked into an emergency room, and my blood sugar was 1100 with ketoacidosis. Now, after pan retinal surgery my eyesight is 20/30. I have mild heart disease but had venous ablation surgery. I have all fingers and toes. I am on Dexcom F6.

Comment from: Monica, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I just completed the tests through my doctor, for diabetes including the A1C. I do not have diabetes nor pre-diabetes, but my blood sugar drops to the 60s and soars to 149 after eating 1/2 apple only. My average weight was always around 124 to 126. Now I have unintentionally dropped to 115 to 116. My doctor says to eat 6 to 7 small meals a day and to drink lots of water and Pedialyte. I have been doing this since this started for the past 8 weeks, but still no changes.

Comment from: Chris , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

My diabetes symptoms were feeling always thirsty and frequent urination.

Comment from: Rene, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I was on medication for chronic diabetes 2. I went for a burst ulcer operation and afterwards my sugar levels were normal. I do eat very healthy, however, I need to exercise as I still wake up with pain in my legs.

Comment from: Sundae, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

It wasn't easy for me to know the early signs of diabetes but sometimes I got wounds that lasted for more than a few days and I got it checked with my doctor.

Comment from: Diabeteschick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I was a healthy 27 year old female when I found out. I had been training for a half marathon for a few months and had lost about 15 pounds, was thirsty, urinated more often than normal and had severe cramping in my legs at night. I chalked everything up to increased exercise. I had a cold/flu for about 2 weeks when I had some blood work done. My sugar was 627! I was diagnosed very quickly with Type 1 Diabetes. That day was certainly etched in my mind. But, I do feel like a new person and am probably healthier now than before!

Published: September 10

Hearing loss , ringing in the ears and dehydration were my diabetic symptoms. Also sometimes my blood sugar would drop too low (40-) and I would have hypoglycemia. Also I had bladder infections that my doctor put down to menopause symptoms at first. I also have connective tissue disease which muddied the waters a bit until random blood work with my rheumatologist and my gynecologist showed elevated glucose levels. I have nine siblings and six out of 10 have diabetes. The first diagnosed was my youngest brother who died of diabetes complications age 35. I have told my four siblings who are not diagnosed yet to watch for symptoms of diabetes. They are not the youngest, my oldest sibling is free of symptoms. It might also be noted there are four different kinds of auto-immune disease with myself and my siblings.

Comment from: SSpumpkin, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

After reviewing a letter written by my doctor, where I read he had prescribed Celebrex for me due to pain of Arthritis which had really messed up my neck, back and knees, I found that one of the side effects of Celebrex is Diabetes. I have Type 2, now, and have been being treated for it for over three years. I am keeping it under control, but it's not easy and I have a tendency to mess up when I cannot afford my medications. I am retired, living on a fixed income and money is hard to come by. As noted in the Celebrex info, this can also work into hypoglycemia. Just loads of fun here, huh?

Comment from: Jean Harris, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I have been told by my new doctor that I have diabetes and my number should be 6 but it is 14.

Comment from: lkg4244, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 30

While I was awake at night with a sick child for a few days I noticed my 13 year old son waking up to urinate, which I never thought he did. The floor around the toilet was sticky from his urine, I thought it was because I was using a different cleaner. A week later my 14-year-old daughter said my son was urinating so much one day while I was working. He was looking thinner. I chalked that up to a growth spurt. He was tired and I thought it was normal for growing teens. He had wet his bed two times in that week, something he has never done. After Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis, he said he was getting up three times a night to urinate, admitted he was very hungry after eating, and felt pretty crummy, but just kept going before he knew he was diabetic.


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Comment from: veda, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 30

A blood test found I had diabetes, since then I have lost three stone in weight and only weigh just under eight stone now, too. I had another blood test last week and my doctor now tells me my kidneys are bad.

Comment from: wilma, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My diabetes symptoms were frequent urination, high blood pressure and dizzy spells.

Comment from: Sisiegh, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I’ve got most of the symptoms, blurry eyesight even though I wear glasses. My left thumb is numb; my feet are rough. I'm always hungry and thirsty, and I get tired most of the time.

Comment from: KenG, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 27

His father was a diabetic. He drinks gallons of water and is losing lots of weight. Where is there a doctor who can treat a diabetic with serious symtoms of diabetes? We live in Orange County, CA and he has no medical insurance.

Comment from: Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I had only blurry vision and slow wound healing, none of the "classic" symptoms of thirst, weight loss, etc. So I guess that's something for people to consider--symptoms can be very subtle.

Comment from: Annie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

This is a brilliant article and I have learnt more in the last 20 minutes reading it than in the three months since being diagnosed. I am 54 years old and thought I had bad flu virus and went to the doctor. He sent me for blood tests. He found I had type 2 and high blood pressure. I have been off work for three months and I am feeling better.

Comment from: Smokey111, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

At 62 years of age, I had no symptoms that I was aware of. My doctor diagnosed diabetes through a routine blood test.

Comment from: architect, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 03

I am a 66 year old male and in good health, at least I thought so until I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. My first signs that I might have something wrong came after playing golf on a really hot day. We finished playing around 3:00pm and while sitting around waiting for food I experienced a cold sweat and lightheadedness. I was told to lie on the floor, a doctor in the room took my pulse and asked a few questions and I began to feel better. EMS was called and they checked me out but did not find anything, really. I felt better after eating. I went to the doctor who did some follow up with a cardiologist who said my blood sugar was a little elevated and my blood pressure and cholesterol needed attention. At this time, I noticed that I was getting really thirsty, and of course urinating frequently. I chalked this up to old age. A few weeks later the same thing after another golf outing. At this point I knew that something was amiss. I battled all fall and winter with a cold and cough which I could not shake. Finally my wife insisted I go the doctor to see if I could find out what we could do about it. During this time, I was waking up every couple of hours and not sleeping very well. I again thought that this was why I was losing strength and was always tired. When I got to the doctor I was really feeling bad. My blood sugar that day was 356 and I had severe upper lung crud. After they determined that it was type II diabetes and I got on medication along with diet and exercise, I can truly say I really feel the best I have in many months. This is changing and I tell everyone to watch for the signs I had but ignored.

Comment from: Saleem, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I had not felt any of the symptoms mentioned in this article. However, it came into my knowledge during the blood test before my Angiography. I went through the process of coronary artery bypass grafting. After the surgery I managed diabetes through diet and walk. But now it is going out of control without medicines. The feeling that let me know that it is increasing is light headedness and a little dizziness. No other symptoms appear.

Comment from: sedmar, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

Before I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had long-term tingling in my toes.

Comment from: terry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

At the onset of my diabetes, I was experiencing excessive thirst and yeast infections. When I found out I was diabetic, my sugar was 596. I did not realize how bad a felt until I started taking medication. Within three days I feel like a new person.


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Comment from: Moshood, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

The only sign now is that I have bad breath odor for more than six months. The symptoms still persist after mouth cleaning and extraction of one molar tooth. I noticed that when talking, the people around feel the odor. After talking for a while, I experienced thick and bitter saliva from the rear part of the tongue and at that time, the odor will be coming out in full force.

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