When Is Diabetes Most Commonly Diagnosed?

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Diabetes is most commonly diagnosed as an incidental finding during a doctor visit that is not related to diabetes. Often, doctors will find sugar in the blood or urine that indicates a diabetes diagnosis. Identify symptoms that might be caused by diabetes with help from a family nurse practitioner in this free video on diabetes.

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Hello you may have been wondering when is diabetes most commonly diagnosed. Well my name is Sonya Wade and I'm an Assistant Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and if you have ever asked yourself that question I would like to help you with that today. Diabetes is diagnosed mostly on incidental findings when you may present to your healthcare provider's office because of some other symptom or sickness that you may have. Your provider may do a simple test by checking your urine or pricking your finger to check your blood and they may find that you have sugar showing up in those places and sugar should not show up in your urine or in your blood. You may also experience symptoms where you feel extra thirsty, very hungry, you may feel fatigued, have some blurred vision or you may even feel like you can't get enough to eat. If you have had any of those symptoms those things might indicate to you that you may have diabetes and you may want to go to your healthcare provider to check on those symptoms to see if you are actually a diabetic.

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