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Signs & Symptoms


You may not know that you have diabetes! 

Many people do not show any signs or symptoms in the early stages of diabetes, making it difficult to self-diagnosis. Also many people do not recognize signs and symptoms that could be linked to diabetes. This is one of the reasons it is important to have an annual check-up.

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Thirsty often
  • Having to go to the washroom (urinate) frequently
  • Fatigue
  • An increase in appetite, particularly sweets, but gradually losing weightplate of treats
  • Dizziness
  • Diagnosed with cataracts at the age of 20-30
  • Suffer from long-term skin disease
  • Difficult to heal wounds
  • Numbness in limbs
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Visual confusion
  • Increased body temperature and dehydration
  • Unconsciousness


Diabetes Complications

  • Susceptible to bacterial or viral infection
  • Suffer from cataracts at a young age
  • Retinal disease, in severe cases could lead to blindness
  • Bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Kidney/ renal function deterioration (require dialysis or kidney transplant)
  • High cholesterol level
  • Long-term skin disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Nerve damage
  • Impotence
  • Foot ulcer, severe cases may lead to amputation


Top 10 Emergency Symptoms for Diabetes

  • Unconsciousness
  • Epileptic seizure attack
  • Stroke
  • Confused
  • Asthma
  • Chest pain
  • Swollen feet
  • Diarrhea / vomit
  • Fever / Chills
  • Foot Inflammation


VideoEmergency Signs of Diabetes (17:35 min)
If you have diabetes, do you know what symptoms require immediate medical attention? Dr. Kendall Ho lists the 10 emergency signs of diabetes. If you have any of the symptoms, please do not ignore the signs and seek for medical help. Delivered in Cantonese with Mandarin interpretation.  

Please consult your own doctor or call “811” in B.C. for details or further information.

Content by Dr. Kendall Ho, Emergency Physician