My doctor diagnosed me with diabetes. What are some common side affects I should be aware of?

Patty Bonsignore


Side effects from diabetes can be short term or long term. The short-term side effects of diabetes, especially when you are first diagnosed, are usually related to high blood glucose levels (over 180). The symptoms of high blood glucose levels may include any of the following: the need to urinate more frequently; increased thirst; itchy, dry skin; infections that won’t go away; fatigue; blurry vision; or weight loss. Some people have no symptoms. These side effects will almost always clear up once the blood glucose levels come down into target range. Longer-term side effects from diabetes are usually referred to as “complications.” These can be present when you are first diagnosed, but usually develop after several years of having the disease. Long- term complications are caused by high blood glucose levels that are left untreated over long periods of time. These long-term complications include heart problems, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and visual problems, such as blindness. Long-term complications are much less likely to occur if you keep your A1C level less than 7 %. If you are having side effects that are a concern to you, talk to your doctor about the symptoms you are having. He or she should be able to determine whether these symptoms are diabetes-related.

January 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm