Symptoms Of Adult Diabetes - What To Look For

Trying to recognize the symptoms of adult diabetes can leave you scratching your head in confusion. The symptoms can be vague and easily dismissed as insignificant, yet failing to spot symptoms of adult diabetes can prove very costly to your health.

Are you at risk of diabetes? Find out as we take a look at signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with this disease.

Understanding adult diabetes

When you eat foods such as carbohydrates they are broken down by your digestive system into simple sugars which are then moved out of the digestive tract and into the bloodstream.

In a healthy body this extra sugar in the blood causes the release of a hormone called insulin whose job is to transport the excess blood sugar into the trillions of cells in your body.

In diabetes, sugar (glucose) cannot move out of the blood and into the cells. This creates a problem because your cells are robbed of the energy they get from sugar and the chronically high blood sugar levels damage vital organs and tissues of the body.

In adult diabetes, sometimes referred to as adult-onset diabetes, the body produces enough insulin but cannot use it properly. The risk of acquiring this condition is often attributed to lifestyle habits.

"The incidence of diabetes is increasing rapidly. This increase is due to many factors, but the most significant are the increasing incidence of obesity and the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles."

Signs and Symptoms of Adult Diabetes

Symptoms of adult diabetes often come on gradually making them easy to overlook so it is important to evaluate your health periodically for the presence of the following symptoms.

  • Fatigue - because your cells are unable to get fuel from the foods you eat you feel weak and tired
  • Increased thirst – extra water is pulled out of the body to deal with the increase in sugar in the blood leaving you feeling thirsty
  • Increased frequency of urination – the extra sugar in your blood spills out through urine taking water along with it
  • Unexplained weight loss – people with diabetes are unable to process the calories from food properly and when this is coupled with the loss of sugar and water through more frequent urination the result is weight loss
  • Increased hunger or eating – the body is producing more insulin to try to deal with the excess blood sugar and insulin stimulates hunger
  • Cuts and bruises that do not heal properly – high blood sugar levels inhibit white blood cells that are needed for healing
  • Unexplained irritability – because of high blood sugar levels, symptoms of adult diabetes can include changes in the normal mental state
  • Blurred vision – this symptom can occur when blood sugar levels stay elevated.

Know the symptoms of adult diabetes and if you see any of these symptoms occurring in your body consult your doctor. The earlier a diagnosis is made the better the prognosis.

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