9 Early Signs of Diabetes

Get familiar because Type 2 diabetes can strike at any age.

The Sugar - When you think of diabetes, you probably think of your great uncle who wears compression socks and isn?t allowed to drink sweet tea. But Type 2 diabetes can strike at any age and is increasingly showing up in young adults and even children, and the American Diabetes Association estimates that there are 7 million undiagnosed diabetics roaming around the United States. So this American Diabetes Month, take a moment to get familiar with the symptoms. They are often subtle, but if you have two or more of them, it?s time to call your doctor. By Kenrya Rankin Naasel  (Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Corbis)

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The Sugar - When you think of diabetes, you probably think of your great uncle who wears compression socks and isn?t allowed to drink sweet tea. But Type 2 diabetes can strike at any age and is increasingly showing up in young adults and even children, and the American Diabetes Association estimates that there are 7 million undiagnosed diabetics roaming around the United States. So this American Diabetes Month, take a moment to get familiar with the symptoms. They are often subtle, but if you have two or more of them, it?s time to call your doctor. By Kenrya Rankin Naasel  (Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Blend Images/Corbis)

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The Sugar

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Frequent Potty Runs

Could You Be Any Thirstier? - If feels like the Sahara Desert has taken up residence in your mouth. No matter how much you drink, your body calls for more agua. Blame the peeing: it makes you dehydrated, so you end up needing to down more water which makes you pee more. Hello, vicious cycle. (Photo: Marnie Burkhart/Corbis)

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Could You Be Any Thirstier?

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You Are Just. So. Tired.

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Blurred Vision Much?

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You Have Yet Another Bladder Infection

You?re Starving! - You had breakfast. And a mid-morning snack. And another mid-morning snack. And a massive lunch. Yet you are still famished. Why? All those potty breaks not only expel sugar from your body, but they rob you of calories, too, so you?re eating to replace them. And diabetes can also keep sugar from reaching your cells, which makes you feel ravenous.  (Photo: Hill Street Studios/Blend Images/Corbis)

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You’re Starving!

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You’re Losing Weight — Without Trying

You Feel All Tingly - ...And not in a good way. Your hands and your feet are constantly on pins and needles and sometimes even go completely numb. That’s a sign that the excess sugar is damaging your nerves. (Photo: Jim Arbogast/Getty Images)

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You Feel All Tingly

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That Cut Is Taking Forever to Heal