Signs And Symptoms Of Diabetes – How To Identify The Disease

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes because this illness can lead to serious complications. If you have any of the symptoms listed below schedule an appointment with your doctor to get tested for the disease. When caught early, diabetes is more easily treated and health complications may be avoided.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

The signs and symptoms of diabetes can be easily overlooked because they are often subtle or develop over time. "Sometimes type 2 diabetes can develop without any warnings signs. In fact, about a third of all people who have type 2 diabetes don't know they have it." For this reason it is important to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis if any of these symptoms are noted.

  1. Frequent urination. If you find that you are racing to the bathroom more often or need to get up in the middle of the night to go this can be one of the more prominent of the signs and symptoms of diabetes.
  2. Increased thirst or feeling as if you cannot quench your thirst, regardless of how much you drink may be of significance.
  3. Weakness or fatigue that seems to last most of the day. Because your body is not using glucose properly your cells are starved of energy and you are left feeling run down.
  4. A noticeable drop in weight without dieting. If your weight drops without a reasonable explanation you will want to see your doctor.
  5. Tingling or numbness noticed in the hands and feet. This condition, known as neuropathy, occurs over time as high glucose levels begin to damage the nervous system.
  6. Delayed healing of bruises or cuts or frequent infections should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
  7. Changes in vision, especially blurred vision, can be an indication of diabetes.
  8. Dry and itchy skin should also be noted.

These signs and symptoms of diabetes arise because your body is not able to properly deliver glucose to the cells of your body keeping glucose levels elevated in your blood. Your doctor will be able to confirm if your blood glucose levels are too high and you are at risk of or have diabetes. The earlier a diagnosis is made the easier the disease is to treat so do not delay if these symptoms are present.

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