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Often, people with type 2 diabetes have few or no symptoms of the disease. Many people with type 2 diabetes don't even know they have it. For some people, feeling run down is their only type 2 diabetes symptom, which is so general that the diabetes may go unnoticed. Other people with type 2 diabetes may:
- Feel thirsty
- Urinate often
- Lose weight
- Get skin infections
- Have blurred vision
- Heal slowly from cuts and bruises.
It is important to tell your doctor right away if you experience any of these possible symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
(Click Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms for more information about the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.)
If you are experiencing diabetes symptoms, medical tests can confirm if type 2 diabetes is causing your problems. A doctor can make a type 2 diabetes diagnosis by reviewing your symptoms and checking your blood glucose levels.
One test, called a fasting plasma glucose test, measures your blood glucose level after not eating or drinking (fasting) for at least 8 hours -- usually overnight. In another test, called the oral glucose tolerance test, your blood glucose is checked and then you drink a sugary beverage. Your blood glucose levels are then checked 1 hour, 2 hours, and 3 hours later. A diabetes diagnosis is confirmed after a repeat test on a different day.
(Click Diagnosing Diabetes for more information on how a diabetes diagnosis is reached.)