Diabetes is an insidious disease, because you can have it for years without actually being diagnosed. In fact, many of the signs can easily be ignored or assumed to be something else if you don’t take action and get tested. However, if you look out for these symptoms in yourself, you may be able to get diagnosed early and thus have the chance to take action faster.
An unquenchable thirst is an early sign. If you find that no matter how much water you drink, you are still thirsty, then you could have diabetes. You will also easily get dehydrated.
You may be visiting the toilet more often, because your bladder will fill faster. You will have too much glucose in your blood. Your kidneys won’t be able to cope with filtering the glucose back into your blood, so they strain more water from your blood to dilute the glucose.
This only adds to the dehydration, and you must talk to your doctor because you may need to replenish more than just liquids. You may need vitamin, mineral supplements and electrolytes as well.
If you feel fatigued most of the time, blame the glucose. When your cells can’t react to the insulin you have in your body, the glucose can’t get into the cells, they don’t get enough energy, and that causes fatigue.
If you feel numbness and/or tingling in your feet, legs, arms or hands, this is known as diabetic neuropathy or nerve damage. When your blood sugars are high for an extended period, this can cause the nerves to become damaged, and this leads to the numbness and tingling symptoms.
Other early signs of type 2 diabetes can include: headaches or migraines, a dry mouth and unexplained weight loss (even though you may have a healthy appetite).
You may have an increase in hunger, even after you have just eaten. This can occur because you are most likely eating foods that are high in sugar and fats, which don’t really fill you, and so you feel like eating more. The solution is to start eating healthy foods.
Blurry vision can be a symptom as well. Cataracts, glaucoma, shadows, floaters, double vision and changes to the shape of your eyes can all be caused by diabetes. When you have an eye test, make sure that you get checked for diabetes as well, because that test is one of the quickest ways to diagnose this medical condition.
You may have sores that don’t seem to heal as quickly as they used to. Diabetes affects your immune system and can slow down the healing process considerably. You need to check any wounds you may have and speak to your doctor if they persist.
You may have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol without knowing it unless you get checked. Many people simply don’t like going to the doctor unless they really need to, which is why many symptoms aren’t detected early enough, thus delaying the diabetes diagnoses for years.
You can’t be scared or embarrassed about seeing a doctor for ANY reason; each one of us has only one body and one life. With today’s medical expertise and technology you have the power to avoid many of the potential health problems, but it is up to you to take the first step.