Insatiable thirst Pass of Exile? Frequent trips to the toilet? Both of these are warning signs of diabetes, which is caused by high blood sugar. Symptoms can develop very quickly, over a few days or weeks, so if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to see your doctor for a check-up.
- Frequent urination (much more than normal)
- Insatiable thirst (if you’re going to the toilet much more it can lead to dehydration)
- Increased hunger (your body can’t use all the calories you’re taking in)
- Weight loss (caused by dehydration and losing sugar calories from frequent urination)
- Blurred vision
- Feeling very tired, all the time (your body isn’t able to get or store the energy it needs)
These are the main indicators of diabetes, but other symptoms can include cramps and skin infections.
Red Flag Symptoms
If you have diabetes, or any of the above symptoms, and you’re also experiencing any of these red flag symptoms, call your doctor or get to your nearest hospital.
- Serious loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pains
- A chemical, fruity smell on the breath
- A temperature
These symptoms indicate diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention.