Recent studies now show that about 25 percent of people who have diabetes are not even aware they have it. One reason is that many of the early signs are not obvious to most people and are many times explained away by other causes.
The danger in not recognizing the early symptoms is the risk that the disease could cause serious damage to other organs.
1. Frequent urination – this is one common symptom of diabetes caused by the body trying to get rid of excess sugar in the bloodstream.
2. Always thirsty – this is another very common symptom of diabetes caused by the frequent urination that can leave you dehydrated.
3. Weight loss – weight loss related to diabetes is the result of loss of water due to frequent urination and from not absorbing all the calories from the sugar in your blood.
4. Shaky – feeling shaky can also be related to diabetes. This is caused by the body’s inability to properly process glucose (sugar).
5. Tired – this refers to a constant feeling of fatigue caused by the body not being able to process foods into energy.
6. Mood – your mood can easily be affected by diabetes, resulting in irritability and even depression.
7. Blurry vision – this is another very common symptom of diabetes caused by glucose actually building up in the eye.
8. Cuts that don’t heal – diabetes can affect the normal healing process because the high sugar levels impede the immune system.
9. Numbness or tingling in the feet – the feet are often affected by diabetes, damaging nerve endings in the feet.
10. More yeast or urinary tract infections – this is another sign of diabetes. High sugar levels create a breeding ground for infection.
If you have several of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately and get a blood test for diabetes. Diabetes can be controlled through diet and medication but must be diagnosed and treated early before it begins to damage the heart, kidneys and other areas.
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