Knowing the Warning Signs of Diabetes
Anyone may develop diabetes, but people above the age of 45 are at a higher risk. What causes diabetes can vary from one patient to another, depending on their genetic composition, ethnicity, and other health and environmental factors.
Type 2 diabetes is more common among adults. A 2017 CDC report showed that more than 30 million American adults suffer from this condition. Recognizing diabetes symptoms early can help an individual receive treatment sooner, mitigating the risk of further complications.
Early Diabetes Symptoms
Here are some of the early signs of diabetes that people should watch out for. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor or speak to a medical navigator for assistance.
Low Energy Levels
Diabetics may experience lower energy levels, which cause them to tire or fatigue easily. This symptom develops because of inadequate sugar reaching the body’s cells.
Constant Feeling of Hunger
One of the common diabetes symptoms is that the patient might constantly feel hungry. This happens because glucose from food isn’t moving sufficiently from the bloodstream to the body’s cells.
Frequent Urge to Urinate
In diabetics, the kidneys work harder to remove excess sugar levels from the blood. This can result in a more frequent need for urination, especially at night. It’s paramount not to ignore this symptom.
Feeling Thirsty More Often
The body can lose additional water when a person frequently urinates. Over a period of time, dehydration may develop, which will result in the patient feeling thirsty more often.
Delayed Wound Healing
High blood sugar levels can inflict damage on the blood vessels and nerves in the body. This could impair the blood flow. As a result, it will take longer for even a small wound or cut to heal.
Vision can become blurred because of the excess sugar levels in the blood. This causes damage to the eye blood vessels. The blurry vision may come and go, and may occur in one or both eyes.
Numbness or Tingling Sensation in Hands and Feet
Disruptions in blood circulation among diabetics can damage the nerves in the hands and feet. This can cause pain or a feeling of numbness or tingling in these parts of the body.
Skin Infections and Itching
When the sugar levels in the blood are abnormally high, it provides food for yeast (Candida). This can result in yeast infections, which may occur in areas such as the armpits, genital areas, and mouth. Affected areas will experience itchiness or burning sensation.
Dark Patches in the Skin
If you develop dark patches on the groin, armpits, or the neck creases, it may be an early indicator of diabetes. The patches usually feel quite soft and velvety. In clinical terms, this condition is called acanthosis nigricans.
Diabetes has no cure, but an early diagnosis can help ensure you will receive appropriate treatment and guidance to maintain your sugar levels within safe limits.
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