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Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms

Type 2 diabetes symptoms often begin subtly and develop slowly. For many individuals, symptoms may not become severe enough to warrant concern for years. However, because type 2 diabetes can have serious long-term health complications such as nerve and blood vessel damage if left untreated, it is important to seek a diagnosis for even mild symptoms as quickly as possible.

Type 2 diabetes occurs most often in adults and frequently causes:

  • Severe and frequent hunger – The body’s abnormal production of or reaction to insulin will prevent sugar from entering the cells and producing energy, thereby triggering intense feelings of hunger.
  • Weight loss – Even if a person eats more to relieve extreme hunger, he or she may lose weight. Because the body can’t efficiently metabolize glucose, it may draw energy from fat and muscle stores.
  • Fatigue – Improper metabolism of glucose, which is one of the body’s primary energy sources, can cause tiredness and irritability.
  • Frequent thirst and urination – Excess blood sugar draws fluid from the body’s tissue, which can cause extreme thirst and more frequent urination.
  • Blurry vision – High blood sugar may cause fluid to be drawn from the lenses of your eyes, resulting in vision problems.

Tampa General Hospital earned the designation from U.S. News & World Report in 2021-2022 as one of the nation's best hospitals and highest ranked in Florida for Diabetes & Endocrinology. Our multispecialty team, which includes physicians, endocrinologists, and other specialists, diagnoses type 2 diabetes and develops individualized treatment plans, which often include a combination of lifestyle changes (diet and exercise regimens) and medications, such as insulin. If properly managed, the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as well as the likelihood of developing long-term health complications, can be significantly decreased. To find a physician who treats type 2 diabetes, click here.