Do you know about these early symptoms of diabetes?
Millions of people are suffering from diabetes in the world. Everyday someone goes to clinic and find out that they have diabetes. According to many doctors, some people having diabetes are unaware that they are suffering from it. Diabetes symptoms can start appearing from an early stage due to higher-than-normal levels of glucose in blood. High blood glucose and low blood glucose are both extremely dangerous.
People who are more prone to diabetes
Some people falling under the below category have more chances of getting diabetes:
- sedentary lifestyle
- patients of high blood pressure
- family history of type 2 diabetes
- ethnic background that has a higher risk of type 2 diabetes
- at higher risk due to high blood pressure, low good cholesterol levels, or high triglyceride levels
Sometimes, people don’t notice that they have high blood sugar levels because they don’t feel any symptoms. High blood sugar can lead to long-term problems, such as:
- a higher risk for heart disease
- foot problems
- nerve damage
- eye diseases
- kidney disease
People with diabetes are also at risk for serious bladder infections. In people without diabetes, bladder infections are usually painful. However, diabetics may not have that sensation of pain with urination. The infection may not be detected until it has spread to the kidneys.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Fatigue and Hunger
The human body converts the food we eat into glucose that is used by cells for energy. Insulin helps to bring the glucose to the cells. If the body does not make enough or any insulin the glucose can’t get to the cells and the body feels tired. This can make you more hungry and tired than usual.
Peeing more often
The average person usually has to pee between four and seven times in 24 hours, but people with diabetes may go a lot more. Elevated glucose levels in blood force fluids from the cells. This increases the amount of fluid delivered to the kidneys. This makes you need to pee more. It may also eventually make you dehydrated.
As cells and tissues become dehydrated, you will become thirsty. Increased thirst is another common diabetes symptom. The more you urinate, the more you need to drink, and vice versa.
Dry mouth and itchy skin
Since most of the body fluids go away in form of urination, there’s less moisture for other things. You could get dehydrated, and your mouth may feel dry. Dry skin can make you itchy.
In the short term, high glucose levels can cause a swelling of the lens in the eye. This leads to blurry vision. Getting your blood sugar under control can help correct vision problems. If blood sugar levels remain high for a long time, other eye problems can occur.
Both men and women with diabetes can get these. Yeast feeds on glucose, so having plenty around makes it thrive. Infections can grow in any warm, moist fold of skin, including: Between fingers and toes, under breasts, in or around sex organs.
Slow-healing sores or cuts
Over time, high blood sugar can affect your blood flow and cause nerve damage that makes it hard for your body to heal wounds.
Pain or numbness in your feet or legs
Elevated sugar levels can cause complications well before you realize you have diabetes. One of these is mild nerve damage, which can cause numbness in your feet.
Unplanned weight loss
When the body can’t get energy from food, it will start burning muscle and fat for energy instead. This may result in weight loss.
With rise in blood sugar levels you may become short-tempered. In fact, high blood sugar can mimic depression-like symptoms.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
- trouble thinking
- irritability or moodiness
- rapid heartbeat