Recognizing The Signs Of Diabetes:
Knowing When To Be Scared
Recognizing the key signs of diabetes can alert you to the fact you may have this condition. By learning the early symptoms of diabetes, and the differences between each type, you can effectively set up a maintenance program with help from your doctor and extended health care team to effectively manage this condition.
Why Do I Have The Signs Of Diabetes
If you are showing symptoms, your body is having problems utilizing the hormone insulin. Insulin is mandatory
to the body to support the transport of glucose (sugars) into our muscles and cells. Glucose is the fuel source for our body. Without insulin, glucose can not do its job. Instead, excess glucose will build up in the blood stream ultimately leading to high blood sugars
Common Diabetes Symptoms
Several types of diabetes shows little to no symptoms so some people actually get diagnosed just from a simple blood test. This situation arises frequently during pregnancy
- frequent urination- this is caused because your kidneys are trying to excrete the excess sugars from your body through your urine.
- high blood sugar itself can only be determined by a test from your doctor or on an instrument known as a glucose meter. If the diagnosis is positive, your doctor and health care team will work with you to verify you understand how to use this piece of equipment. It is your lifeline to a future of better health or increased complications.
- increased thirst- this is a direct result of the increased urination. You can often feel very thirsty because your body is signaling it is feeling dehydrated
- unexplained weight loss which is very common in type 1 diabetes
- excessive hunger again is a direct result of your body not receiving enough fuel from your cells so your body is searching for more
- Blurry vision- high glucose levels affect the nerves in the eyes which results in reduced or blurred vision. If left uncontrolled this can eventually lead to blindness.
Most of the above signs of diabetes are common to most patients of type 2 diabetes in particular. Because 90% of the newly diagnosed patients do learn they have type 2, check with your doctor as soon as possible for a simple blood test and urinalysis to confirm the diagnosis of diabetes.
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