Diabetes Symptoms that You Should Watch Out For
Diabetes is one of most prevalent medical conditions today. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas, there are 415 million adults in the world today that have diabetes. That means that one in 11 adults have diabetes. But what’s scary is that 46.5 of diabetes patients have not been diagnosed. That means that a lot of people who are reported to exhibit diabetic symptoms are unaware of their condition.
Diabetes diagnosis is important in order for patients to receive the right management. Diabetes could lead to the development of other complications such as eye and heart diseases if left unchecked.
Here are some of the most common diabetes symptoms that you should watch out for.
Lack of Energy
Our body turns the sugars in the food we eat into glucose, which uses it for energy. Our pancreas produces insulin which unlocks our cells so that glucose can enter them and be used as energy. If you find yourself often feeling lethargic, then that can mean either of these two things. It may indicate your body’s inability to produce insulin (Type 1). Or you may be producing insulin but your body is resistant to it (Type 2).
Feelings of Thirst and Excessive Urination
Dr. Noah Bloomgarden, the assistant professor of medicine-endocrinology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and clinical endocrinologist at the Montefiore Health System states that the most common cause of frequent urination is hyperglycemia or “uncontrolled diabetes”. The inability of your kidneys to absorb glucose causes your body to have high blood sugar, which produces excess fluids, which you excrete as urine.
The frequent urge to urinate caused by the lack of bladder control is another symptom of diabetes. Unmanaged diabetes could damage the nerves around the bladder and lead to other complications.
Blurred vision, dryness of the mouth and itchiness of the skin
Excessive urination dehydrates your body, causing your mouth to dry and your skin and eyes to lose moisture.
According to the Mayo Clinic, blurred vision is also caused by the production of new blood vessels in your retina, which damages the existing blood vessels. This may eventually lead to a loss of vision or blindless.
The Mayo Clinic cautions against rapid weight loss, which also results from frequent urination. The body’s inability to absorb glucose also increases your feelings of hunger.
Having high levels of blood sugar in your body takes a toll on your nerves, which causes your hands and feet to feel tingly or burning pain.
Yeast infections develop in diabetics due to the high levels of glucose their body has, which yeast thrives on.
Male-specific Diabetes Symptoms
Men and women experience different diabetes symptoms. The most common symptom in men is having low testosterone levels. This leads to other problems, such as reduced muscle mass, erectile dysfunction, retrograde ejaculation, and lower sex drive.
If you find yourself suffering from several of the symptoms above, then it’s time to have yourself checked.
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