21 Signs And Symptoms Of Pancreatic Cancer

13. Uncontrolled Diabetes or Diabetes-like Symptoms

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You may have noticed that some pancreatic cancer symptoms, such as polydipsia, polyuria and polyphagia, mimic those of diabetes too. That’s because the hormones needed by the body to control sugar levels in the blood, (insulin and glucagon) are produced by pancreas. Other symptoms of diabetes that are also present in pancreatic cancer include diabetic coma, which is loss of consciousness due to extremely low or extremely high blood sugar levels. Diabetic coma is life-threatening and should be considered a medical emergency.

Patients who already have diabetes may also find a worsening of their symptoms and may notice that their usual medications don’t seem to help in controlling their condition.

Other symptoms associated with diabetes that also signal the presence of pancreatic cancer include fatigue, unintended weight loss, dehydration, and swelling of the legs and feet. If you feel or are experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.