10 signs you might have diabetes and not know it

March 27, 2018 2:32 pm Published by

Mobile, Ala. – Millions of Americans are living with a potentially life-threatening condition and don’t know it.

More than 7 million people – nearly 24 percent of the 30.3 million Americans living with diabetes – have undiagnosed diabetes, according to the latest National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetes is a serious health condition that can lead to heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, vision problems and amputations.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you might have diabetes or a condition known as prediabetes, where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal.
• Blurry vision
• Dehydration
• Dry mouth
• Dry, itchy skin
• Fatigue
• Frequent urination
• More infections than usual
• Numb or tingling hands or feet
• Slow-healing wounds
• Unexpected weight loss

“The first step is to visit your family doctor if you have any of these signs or symptoms or if diabetes runs in your family, ” said Donna Woodmansee, RN, and a certified diabetes educator at Providence Hospital.