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When should you call your doctor if you think you have diabetes?

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  • If you're older than 45 or have other risks for diabetes, it's important to get tested. When you spot the condition early, you can avoid nerve damage, heart trouble, and other complications. As a general rule, call your doctor if you: Feel sick to your stomach, weak, and very thirsty
  • Are urinating a lot
  • Have a bad stomach ache
  • Are breathing more deeply and faster than normal
  • Have sweet breath that smells like nail polish remover (this is a sign of very high ketones)

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Diabetes: Frequently Asked Questions" and "What Is Diabetes?"

University of Michigan Health System: "Type 1 Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Taking Steps to Lower Your Risk of Getting Diabetes."

Baylor Scott & White Healthcare: "Urinary Frequency" and "Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy Hard-to-Heal Wounds."

Sutter Health: "Question & Answer: Is Sudden Weight Loss a Sign of Diabetes? If So, Why?"

Neithercott, T. , August 2013. Diabetes Forecast

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Diabetic Skin Troubles."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Diseases of the Eye" and "Diabetic Neuropathy: What You Need to Know."

The Nemours Foundation: "When Blood Sugar Is Too High."

Virginia Mason Medical Center: "Complications."

Carolinas Health System: "Diabetes: Yeast Infections and Diabetes: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 12, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Diabetes: Frequently Asked Questions" and "What Is Diabetes?"

University of Michigan Health System: "Type 1 Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes? Taking Steps to Lower Your Risk of Getting Diabetes."

Baylor Scott & White Healthcare: "Urinary Frequency" and "Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy Hard-to-Heal Wounds."

Sutter Health: "Question & Answer: Is Sudden Weight Loss a Sign of Diabetes? If So, Why?"

Neithercott, T. , August 2013. Diabetes Forecast

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Diabetic Skin Troubles."

Joslin Diabetes Center: "Diseases of the Eye" and "Diabetic Neuropathy: What You Need to Know."

The Nemours Foundation: "When Blood Sugar Is Too High."

Virginia Mason Medical Center: "Complications."

Carolinas Health System: "Diabetes: Yeast Infections and Diabetes: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 12, 2019

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