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Diabetes Health Center

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Understanding Diabetes -- the Basics

What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes? continued...

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes may be the same as those listed above. Most often, there are no symptoms or a very gradual development of the above symptoms. Other symptoms may include:

With gestational diabetes, there are often no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they might include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Blurred vision

Pregnancy causes most women to have to urinate more often and to feel hungrier, so having these symptoms does not always mean that you have gestational diabetes. But it is important to get tested, because high blood sugar can cause problems for both you and your baby.

For more detail, see WebMD's article Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms.

How Is Diabetes Treated?

Diabetes can't be cured, but it can be treated and controlled. The goals of managing diabetes are to:

You hold the key to managing your diabetes. Work with your doctor to build a diabetes treatment plan that will guide you in:

  • Planning what you eat and following a balanced meal plan
  • Exercising regularly
  • Taking medicine, if prescribed, and closely following the guidelines on how and when to take it
  • Monitoring your blood glucose and blood pressure levels at home
  • Keeping your appointments with your health care providers
  • Getting lab tests when needed

Remember: What you do at home every day affects your blood sugar more than what your doctor can do every few months during your checkups.

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