Signs & Symptoms
Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Please see your doctor immediately if you suspect you have signs of diabetes.*
- Frequent urination
- Unusual thirst
- Blurred vision
- Slow to heal cuts & bruises
- Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
- Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
- Extreme fatigue and irritability
- Unusual weight loss
- Frequent infections
- Extreme hunger
*Often people with Type 2 diabetes have no symptoms.
Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
- Persons who are overweight
- Persons with a family history of diabetes
- Persons age 45 or older
- Women with a history of gestational diabetes or have given birth to a 9+ lb baby
- Certain ethnic groups: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders
- Persons who don’t exercise regularly
- Persons with high blood lipids
- Those diagnosed with prediabetes
What is diabetes?
- Type 1 occurs when the insulin producing cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune system. It occurs for almost 10% of all diabetes cases. People with Type 1 must take insulin injections to properly process the glucose in their body.
- Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes. In Type 2, the pancreas makes insulin but the body does not use it properly.Depending on the severity of the condition your doctor will determine if you can control Type 2 with lifestyle changes, oral medication or insulin. It is possible that you could be advised to use a combination of all three.
- Gestational develops in some women during pregnancy when their body isn't able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. It typically subsides after pregnancy but could be an indicator that Type 2 diabetes will later develop.
- Prediabetes is not technically diabetes, although this condition indicates that your body has difficulty utilizing insulin, commonly referred to as Insulin Resistance. It is often an indicator that you will soon develop Type 2 diabetes.
Mayo Clinic Comprehensive information regarding diabetes & related topics
Diabetes Monitor Information, education, & support for people with diabetes
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation This site is dedicated to children with Type 1 diabetes
Insulin Pumpers A site dedicated to children who utilize an insulin pump
Dept of Health & Human Services Offers helpful information on preventing & controlling diabetes in children.
JD Mentors Matching newly diagnosed or struggling kids & families with juvenile diabetes for mentoring
American Diabetes Association Complications related to Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
Life Clinic Covers complications with links to further articles
Statistics, Research and Related Data
Diabetes on the March CDC data in a cool visualization of the increased rate of diagnosed diabetes since 2004
Diabetes Research Institute A national organization devoted to finding a cure for diabetes
Celebrities & Entertainment
Amazing Race Season 17 First-ever all female winners (& one with diabetes) discussing their journey
Slideshow of Celebrities with Diabetes 12 celebrities listed with brief biographical information
The Face of Diabetes Famous people with diabetes- from boxing champs to the inventor of the light bulb!
Downloadable Flyers by Topic
- 15 Tips for Snacking Quick tips for easy snacking!
- Local Dayton Assistance Programs A compilation of contact information for local diabetes assistance programs.
- A Blood Glucose Monitor Might Save Your Life Information regarding the importance of a BG meter.
- Type 2 Diabetes in Children An information flyer about the rising epidemic of type 2 diabetes in kids.
- Lowering Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes (for kids) A great flyer with useful information for kids.
- Prediabetes & What to Know A flyer with the basics about prediabetes.
- Sample Menu A flyer on how to build a healthy day of meals.
- Sharps Disposal Quick instructions on proper sharps disposal.
- Soul Food A useful flyer on choosing the right ingredients with two soul food recipes included.