How to Discuss Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes in Spanish

Diabetes is obviously a common topic in the clinic, but how do your conversations go in Spanish? Do you ever wonder what is the best way to say things like “unexplained weight loss”, “numbness and tingling” , “sugary drinks” in Spanish? In today’s lesson you’ll learn diabetes terminology in Spanish and how to ask a handful of open ended questions about common signs and symptoms of diabetes in Spanish.

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on discussing signs and symptoms of Diabetes in Spanish. We share some vocabulary to talk about the most common symptoms of Diabetes and how to ask important questions to your Spanish-speaking patients.

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NEED TO URINATE OFTEN – Necesidad de orinar con frecuencia

¿Tiene que orinar con frecuencia?   Do you have to urinate frequently?
¿Cada cuánto?   How often?
¿Se despierta en la noche para orinar?  Do you wake up at night to urinate?
¿Cuántas veces?  How many times?
¿Siente urgencia o dolor cuando orina?   Do you feel urgency pain when you urinate?

WEIGHT LOSS – Pérdida de peso

¿Ha perdido peso recientemente?   Have you lost weight recently?
¿Ha bajado de peso recientemente?   Have you lost weight recently?
¿Sin intentar / tratar?   Without trying?
¿Ha cambiado su apetito recientemente?   Have your appetite changed recently?

LACK OF ENERGY – Falta de energía

 ¿Siente cansancio o fatiga durante el día?  Do you feel tiredness or fatigue during the day?
 ¿Se siente cansado o con fatiga durante el día?   Do you feel tired or fatigued during the day?
¿Puede cumplir con sus responsabilidades diarias?  Can you fulfill your daily responsibilities?


¿Siente que tiene mucha sed?   Do you feel like you are very thirsty?
¿La boca siente que está seca?   Does your mouth feel like is dry?

OTHER SYMPTOMS – Otros síntomas

 ¿Tiene más hambre recientemente?   Are you hungrier recently?
 ¿Le cuesta concentrarse?   Is it difficult for you to concentrate?
 ¿Siente hormigueo?    Do you feel tingling?
 ¿Siente las manos o los pies entumecidos / adormecidos?   Do your hands or feet feel numb / asleep?
 ¿Tiene visión borrosa?   Do you have blurred vision?
 ¿Las cosas se ven nubladas?  Do you see things like cloudy?
 ¿Siente náusea o vomita después de comer?   Do you have nausea or vomit after eating?

MORE SYMPTOMS – Más síntomas

¿Tiene infecciones frecuentes / a menudo en la vejiga?  Do you have frequent bladder infections?
¿Tiene infecciones frecuentes / a menudo en los riñones?  Do you have frequent kidney infections?
¿Tiene infecciones frecuentes / a menudo en la vagina?  Do you have frequent vaginal infections?
¿Tiene infecciones frecuentes / a menudo en las encías?  Do you have frequent gum infections?
¿Tiene infecciones frecuentes / a menudo en los pies?  Do you have frequent feet infections?
¿Tiene infecciones frecuentes / a menudo en la piel?  Do you have frequent skin infections?
¿Las lesiones tardan mucho en sanarse o no se sanan?  Do injuries take too long in healing or they don’t heal?

Study these signs and symptoms of diabetes in Spanish vocabulary and phrases with these flashcards

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