What is the most common symptom of diabetes? No symptom at all!
Symptoms of diabetes depend on the type of diabetes and the unique characteristics of the patient who develops diabetes. In general, Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in adults. The table above is taken taken from the American Diabetes Association. It lists the common symptoms of diabetes in patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If you look at the table carefully, you will notice that the most important piece of information is in the footnote which says,”Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms.” This is the most important thing to remember about the symptoms of diabetes in adults. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in adults. Most people with type 2 diabetes have no symptom at all.
This is also the most under-reported fact about the symptoms of diabetes. Why do you think ADA put that information in the footnote instead of putting it in the headline? Because, traditionally that is how symptoms of any disease are described –with a list of the common symptoms. With the traditional view of diseases and symptoms, people are looking for a list of symptoms to match it with their own symptom to see if they are likely to have that disease. But that kind of thinking will not help most people with diabetes. I will explain why it is important to understand how diabetes can destroy your organs without producing any symptom.To understand how symptoms of diabetes develop, you need to understand what diabetes is and how it affects your body.