Early Symptoms of Diabetes – Find Out If You Have Diabetes

Early symptoms of diabetes can be vague and come on gradually overtime so it is important to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of this disease so you can be diagnosed early and avoid serious complications from this disease such as heart disease and damage to the kidneys and nervous system.

How to spot early symptoms of diabetes

Facing a possible diagnosis of diabetes can be scary but you are better off knowing the truth early so more treatment options are open to you. Be honest with yourself and ask yourself if any of the following early symptoms of diabetes are present.

  1. Chronic thirst that is difficult to quench
  2. Increased hunger or a feeling of always being hungry
  3. Frequent trips to the bathroom even during the night
  4. Weight loss without diet or other conscious effort
  5. Fatigue or drowsiness
  6. Numbness or tingling sensations in the feet and hands
  7. Bruises or cuts that do not heal quickly
  8. Frequent infections such as bladder or vaginal yeast infections
  9. Itchy and dry skin
  10. Blurry vision

These symptoms arise in a person with diabetes because their body does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin properly. "Your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar).Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that allows glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy."

If insulin cannot push the excess glucose into your cells it will remain in your blood resulting in elevated blood sugar levels.

What to do if you notice the early symptoms of diabetes

If symptoms are present you should visit your doctor who will typically request a fasting blood test. This test is generally performed in the morning because it requires you to fast for a number of hours. You will be asked to not eat after dinner the night before your test.

A normal fasting blood sugar test will yield levels between 70 and 99 mg per dL. A test level that is greater than 126 mg per dL indicates the presence of diabetes.

If you have any concerns, your family doctor can help you determine if the changes you are experiencing are early symptoms of diabetes, have you tested and give you advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle adjustments to help you manage the disease. Don’t hesitate to get your blood tested, an early diagnosis can mean a better prognosis.

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