Diabetes Mellitus; Definition, Quick Facts, Symptoms & Types

Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes

The more common indicators that an individual may have developed the condition include the following:

  1. The early symptoms of untreated diabetes are associated with elevated blood sugar levels and the presence of high amounts of glucose in the urine. Often, high amounts of glucose in the urine can cause increased urination and increasing bouts of dehydration.
  2. Individuals living with diabetes are often thirsty and consume lots of water.
  3. Associated insulin deficiency leads to weight loss.
  4. The occurrence of weight loss despite an increase in appetite.
  5. Some patients also complain of fatigue and general body weakness.
  6. Nausea and vomiting are also features of untreated diabetes.
  7. Frequent infections in areas such as the bladder, skin, and vaginal areas are more likely to occur in individuals with diabetes
  8. Blurred vision may arise due to fluctuations in blood sugar levels.
  9. There are cases of extremely elevated glucose levels leading to lethargy and even coma.