Diabetes Symptoms, Causes and Testing Techniques

Diabetes Symptoms

Because these symptoms may not seem serious, many people with diabetes remain undiagnosed. If they apply to you or to your child, see a doctor as soon as possible.

• Frequent urination (children may be constant bedwetters)
• Strong thirst
• Excessive appetite
• Weight loss
• Irritability
• Blurred vision





• Heredity
• A poor diet
• An autoimmune reaction (due to a viral infection, environmental toxin, food allergy)—one proposed theory about the origin of some cases of type 1   diabetes
• Chronic stress and the resulting stress-hormone imbalance
• Nutritional deficiencies, especially of chromium, B vitamins, zinc, vanadium, and vitamin D
• Obesity
• Certain medications such as thiazide diuretics, corticosteroids such as prednisone, antibiotics, cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statin drugs, and possibly some antipsychotic drugs
• Fungal overgrowth
• Chemical toxicity (e.g., pesticides, Agent Orange, mercury)
• Artificial sweeteners


Testing Techniques

The following tests help assess possible reasons for diabetes:
Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone,)—saliva, blood, or urine
Intestinal permeability—urine
Vitamin and mineral analysis (especially magnesium, chromium, vanadium, zinc, B vitamins, and potassium)—blood
Digestive function and microbe/parasite/candida testing—stool analysis
Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities—blood, electrodermal
Mercury—urine or blood
Pesticides and other environmental toxins—urine or blood


Your doctor makes a diagnosis of diabetes according to the symptoms you exhibit, in addition to the results of blood and urine tests. Testing will also help your doctor determine whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.