According to the CDC, more than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. And, 1 in 4 don’t even know they have it. If you are worried that you may be one of those undiagnosed diabetic cases, these are some warning signs of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
1. High Blood Glucose Readings
Diabetes raises blood sugar levels. So, high blood glucose readings are one of the most noticeable symptoms of undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes.
2. Increased Thirst
Increased thirst is another warning sign of undiagnosed diabetes. High blood sugar can make some people feel very thirsty. This is called polydipsia. This condition can also destabilize the body’s ability to absorb water.
Common symptoms of polydipsia are dizziness, overwhelming need for water, or chronically dry mouth.
3. Increased Urination
Another warning sign is polyuria or increased urination. People with diabetes urinate more, in volume and frequency, because the body is trying to get rid of excess glucose in the blood.
4. Frequent Infections
Diabetics are more prone to infections because diabetes can harm the immune system. That is why frequent infections is another warning sign of undiagnosed diabetes.
An increase in yeast infections could also be another sign. Since yeast feeds on sugar, high blood glucose coupled with lowered immunity makes diabetics more susceptible to yeast infections.
5. Increased Appetite Without Weight Gain
Lastly, a condition called polyphagia can be another sign of undiagnosed diabetes. Polyphagia is when the body sends hunger triggers trying to gain access to fuel. Since the body cannot process glucose correctly, the hunger triggers continue.
These are only a few warning signs of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. If you experience one or a combination of these, consult your doctor right away. They may be a symptom of diabetes, or another underlying condition.