Warning Signs of Diabetes – Do You Have It And Not Know It?

Your body is experiencing some strange symptoms, could they be warning signs of diabetes? You are wondering if the excessive thirst, frequent trips to the bathroom and fatigue are simply the result of a change in diet and work or if they indicate something more is going on.

The earlier a diagnosis is made the easier the disease is to treat so it is time to stop guessing and discover if these are warning signs of diabetes.

Why is a diagnosis of diabetes so easy to miss?

Many of the warning signs diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, can be subtle and easily dismissed as a normal variation in the body, in fact, "An estimated 24 million Americans have diabetes, but according to the CDC, one-quarter to one-third don’t know it."

This means many people you pass on the street every day have this disease and are blind to the fact. Part of the reason this number is so high is because the signs and symptoms can be easily overlooked and in some cases not present at all.

Warning Signs of Diabetes

Identify if you have any of the following signs or symptoms as they might be indications that you have diabetes or prediabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

  • Chronic thirst – A feeling that you can not get enough to drink or you are drinking more than normal
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom or having to get out of bed to go to the bathroom during the night
  • Losing weight without effort – This is more common in type 1 diabetes and may not be present or as noticeable in type 2 diabetes
  • Chronic Fatigue that you cannot seem to shake
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet – this sign often comes on gradually over time
  • Blurry vision or a sense that your eyesight is out-of-focus
  • Dry and itchy skin that is persistent
  • Easy bruising or cuts that take a long time to heal

The symptoms of diabetes can be hard to figure out on your own. If you notice one or more of these warning signs of diabetes check with your doctor right away; when diabetes is discovered early the disease can be delayed and in some cases reversed.

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