Early Warning Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore (Two Dangerous Signs)

10 Early Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore

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High blood sugar can cause gradual, unassuming symptoms that may creep up on you. Frequent urination and excessive thirst—clear signs of type 2 diabetes—are often mild and can be easily explained by other factors.

In fact, most people don’t even know they have high blood sugar until they’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes high levels of glucose (or sugar) in the body. The problem is ignoring or writing off the symptoms as something else could lead to more serious health complications later on.

Left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, nerve and kidney damage, vision loss, and more. Even if you have a slight rise in blood sugar, you can damage your organs.

Diabetes is a common disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 34 million people have diabetes in this country, with almost 95 percent of them having type 2 diabetes, and about 88 million more people are pre-diabetic.

Summa Health discusses 10 early warning signs of type 2 diabetes. Even if you have subtle symptoms, it’s worth reporting them to your doctor, especially if you’re at risk for diabetes. The higher your blood sugar levels and the longer you go without treatment, the more harm can be done.

Frequent urination: Going to the bathroom more often than usual, especially at night, is a sign of high blood sugar. Diabetes makes the kidneys work harder to remove excess sugar from the blood. When your kidneys fail, they release excess sugar into your urine, which leads to more frequent urination.

Repeated infections: Excess sugar in the urine serves as food for yeast and bacteria. Food combined with a warm and humid location helps them thrive. Thus, people, especially women, with diabetes often suffer from frequent urinary tract infections or yeast infections.

Excessive thirst: Frequent urination can cause dehydration and make you feel thirsty more often. But drinking no longer quenches thirst.

Constant Hunger: Your body converts the food you eat into glucose, which your cells use for energy. But if you have diabetes, your cells can’t metabolize glucose properly, so your body can’t get enough energy from the food you eat. Therefore, your body is constantly looking for fuel, and you will feel hungry all the time, even if you just ate.

Unexplained Weight Loss: If your body can’t get enough energy from food, it will start burning muscle and fat stores instead. Thus, you can lose weight even if your diet has not changed.

Constant fatigue and weakness: Without enough fuel for energy, you are left with constant fatigue and weakness that can interfere with daily activities. Dehydration due to constant urination can also leave you feeling exhausted.

Poor vision: High blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in your eyes and you may experience blurry vision in one or both eyes. If left untreated, permanent damage can occur and lead to more serious complications, even blindness.

Slow-healing cuts and wounds: High blood sugar can damage nerves and blood vessels, cutting off circulation. Poor blood circulation restricts essential nutrients and oxygen from reaching cuts and wounds to heal properly. As a result, it can take weeks or even months to heal, increasing the risk of infection.

Tingling or numbness. Poor circulation and nerve damage can cause tingling, numbness, or pain in the arms and legs.

Dark spots on the skin. Diabetes can cause dark, velvety patches of skin in the creases of the neck, armpits, or groin due to excess insulin in the blood.

Regular testing is the key to preventing complications

Because the symptoms of diabetes can be subtle, it’s important to see your doctor regularly for check-ups and screening for diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that everyone aged 45 and older get screened for diabetes. However, testing is recommended at any age if you have one or more risk factors for diabetes, including:

Overweight or obesity
Passive lifestyle
Poor nutrition
family history
The test for diabetes is often a simple blood test. For normal results, the ADA recommends repeat screening every three years.

При раннем обнаружении диабет 2 типа может быть очень управляемым. Изменения образа жизни, такие как здоровое питание и регулярные физические упражнения, могут иметь большое значение для лечения этого состояния.

If detected early, type 2 diabetes can be very manageable. Lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, can go a long way in treating this condition.

Be sure to talk to your doctor about an evaluation at the first sign of symptoms. Early detection and treatment are vital to improve quality of life and significantly reduce the risk of serious complications.

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