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Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

1325 S Cliff Avenue
P.O. Box 5045
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5045

Diabetes Symptoms & Risk Factors

It is important to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes so the disease can be identified before causing serious harm. It is also possible for you to helpĀ prevent type 2 diabetes before it begins by being aware if you or a loved oneĀ are at greater risk for the disease.

Warning Signs of Diabetes

  • Increased thirst
  • Slow healing of cuts or sores
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent infections
  • Increased hunger
  • Problems with sexual function
  • Feeling tired
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Vision changes
  • Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
  • Sudden weight loss

Risk Factors for Diabetes

Certain people are at a greater risk for diabetes. You could be at risk if you:

  • Are over 40 years of age
  • Had diabetes during a pregnancy
  • Have family history of diabetes
  • Had a baby weighing over 9 pounds
  • Don't exercise much
  • Have stress from an illness or injury
  • Are overweight
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are of African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander descent

If you have any questions about the information on this page or want to learn more about our diabetes services, call the Avera McKennan Diabetes Center at 605-322-8995.