Finding out you have diabetes can be a terrifying discovery. Many people do not know for a while until they start to exhibit certain types of symptoms. Some of the symptoms can be so mild that you don’t even recognize them as warning signs. This can lead to people not finding out until long after long-term damage caused by the disease. Below we will take a look at some of the most common early symptoms of diabetes.


There are two different types of diabetes with their own separate set of warning signs; however, there are common traits that both of them do possess. The first symptom is hunger and fatigue. Because your body needs proper insulin levels to take in the glucose you make from food, if your natural insulin level is low, you can not process the glucose. This can lead to your body being more tired and hungry than you normally are. Next, you can also become thirstier and start to pee more often. When diabetes increases your blood sugar, it affects your kidneys, therefore affecting how much you pee and need to drink. The last few symptoms that are common for both include blurred vision, dry mouth, and itchy skin– all caused by your body’s fluctuating fluid levels due to the disease. 


Type 2 Diabetes usually arises after your glucose has been extremely high over a significant amount of time. The first sign is yeast infections that can be found in both men and women. These can show up between fingers and toes, in or around genital areas, and under breasts. Type 2 Diabetes can also lead to nerve damage. You can start to feel numbness and or pain in the areas of your legs and feet. In addition, getting sores and cuts that are slow to heal is often a tell-tale warning sign.


Type 1 Diabetes has a different set of symptoms in addition to the mutual ones. If you are often very nauseous or are vomiting profusely, this should be something you bring up to your doctor. The buildup of ketones in your body can make you feel very ill and eventually lead to vomiting. Also, significant weight loss that is unplanned can happen from your body’s inability to draw energy from food. This will cause your body to start burning fat and muscle instead.