Sometimes the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are so subtle that it’s typical for people to have diabetes for about five years before they’re diagnosed. While there are some basic indications such as high blood glucose levels and other laboratory values. The most common symptoms include the constant need to urinate, increased thirst and weight loss/gain. However, some of the less obvious symptoms may surprise you!
1. Snoring. Sometimes snoring is a sign of a more serious breathing condition, referred to as obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a very common condition association with diabetes and may be an indication that more is going on than just breathing problems.
2. Cold feelings in feet or hands. One major symptom of persistent high blood sugar levels is nerve damage and poor circulation. This mostly begins with the extremities—hands and feet.
3. Irritability. Low glucose levels are just as dangerous as high glucose levels and have been known to affect mental capabilities. (Think “hangry” but on a much more serious level.)
4. Bed Wetting. This can be quite alarming to happen as an adult! However, it is associated with the common symptom of frequent urination and sometimes if you’re deep asleep you will experience nighttime leakage.
5. UTI’s (urinary tract infections). While the true cause may still be unknown, women with diabetes experience UTI’s at a much higher rate than those who do not have diabetes.
6. Foot/Skin Issues. Remember the comment about nerve damage? Well, it can cause some pretty strange looking feet as well. In fact, this kind of nerve damage can actually change the shape of the muscles and bones in your feet causing your toes or curl or your arch to fall. Along these lines ulcers, nail infections and other skin problems are also associated with diabetes.