Diabetes is scary-common in the U.S.—but the freakiest thing about it might be the number of people who are walking around undiagnosed. Of the 30 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, 25 percent aren’t aware they have the disease, according to data from the CDC. That’s probably because diabetes symptoms are often subtle, meaning many easily miss or dismiss them.
Left untreated, it can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, nerve damage, and dementia down the road
Here are 12 surprising diabetes symptoms that should definitely be on your radar:
You Have To Pee. All. The. Time
When you have excess sugar coursing through your blood stream, your body instinctively tries to get rid of it. Water follows sugar, so you end up having high-volume urine loss.
If you notice you’re suddenly peeing a lot, and more often, for no real reason—especially if you’re waking up a few times during the night to take a whiz—it’s time to talk to your doctor.