8- Less Common Symptoms of Diabetes
These symptoms are not experienced by everyone with diabetes, but they can signal the disease and are worth being aware of:
- Weight loss (usually associated with type 1 diabetes, but it can occur with type 2 diabetes)
- Erectile dysfunction (after years of high sugars)
- Dry, itchy skin
- Frequent infections, such as yeast infections in women
- Acanthosis nigricans: A dark, “velvety” patch of skin can appear in the armpits, groin, and neck folds, and over the joints of the fingers and toes. It is an indicator of high insulin and is seen more commonly in African Americans.
- Dry mouth (a sign of dehydration that can result from increased urination)
American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Symptoms. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/symptoms/
The Journal of Clinical and Applied Research and Education – Diabetes Care. Standards of medical care in diabetes, 2016. 2016;(39):s13-s22.