Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes


Although there are some common signs and symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, many cases of diabetes go undiagnosed because the warning signs and symptoms are mild. In fact, many people have no idea they have type 2 diabetes until complications such as signs of peripheral neuropathy begin to appear.


The most common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bruises which are slow to heal
  • Cuts which are slow to heal
  • Exhaustion
  • Extreme hunger (even while eating or after eating)
  • Extreme thirst
  • Frequent infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Numbness in hands or feet
  • Pain in hands or feet
  • Tingling in hands or feet
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unusually dry skin

Symptoms of diabetic nerve pain (peripheral neuropathy)
  • Burning in feet/legs or hands/arms
  • Changes in shape of feet
  • Dry, scaly, red skin on feet/legs
  • Erectile dysfunction/sexual dysfunction
  • Electrical jolt feeling in feet/legs or hands/arms
  • Feeling of tightness in feet
  • Irregularity in toenails
  • Leg weakness
  • Loss of balance
  • Numbness in feet/legs or hands/arms
  • Restlessness in legs
  • Sores which won’t heal properly (particularly on the feet)
  • Tingling in feet/legs or hands/arms