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Don’t ignore diabetes warning signs

Not sure how many of you are aware, but there are a number of pre-warning signs which your body will manifest to show that you are prone to diabetes. So before you even do the blood test to check your glucose level, your body will send you some signals which are not to be ignored. Again this shows how sophisticated our bodies are, but unfortunately we are not trained well to understand our own ‘body language’. I truly believe they should include a class on this in high school so we can avoid many illnesses and diseases in the future. Just like with other diseases, if diabetes is caught early it can be reversed with some diet and lifestyle changes without necessarily taking medicine.


Warning Signs!

1. Thirst – increase in thirst is one of the most common symptoms. The increased thirst can accompany other symptoms like frequent urination, feelings of unusual hunger, dry mouth, and weight gain or loss.

2. Headaches – other symptoms that can occur if high blood sugar levels persist are fatigue, blurred vision, and headaches.

3. Infections – certain infections and sores that take a long time to heal are a warning sign. Other possible signs include frequent yeast infections or urinary tract infections and itchy skin.

4. Sexual Dysfunction – vaginal dryness in women and impotence in men are other complications of diabetes.

5. Frequent Urination – when there is excess glucose present in the blood, as with type 2 diabetes, the kidneys react by flushing it out of the blood into the urine. This results in more urine production and the need to urinate more frequently.

6. Increased Hunger – in people with type 2 diabetes, “insulin doesn’t work well for some reason in muscle, fat, and other tissues, so your pancreas [the organ that makes insulin] starts to put out a lot more. This results in high insulin levels in the body,” says Fernando Ovalle, MD, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Multidisciplinary Diabetes Clinic. “That insulin level makes the brain feel hungry and makes you hungry.”

7. Blurred Vision – Blurred vision occurs when there are rapid changes in blood sugar (from low to high or high to low) and the eye muscles have not yet adapted to it, Einhorn says. Blurred vision is one of the early warning signs of type 2 diabetes.

8. Foot Pain and Numbness – over time, diabetes can cause damage to nerves throughout the body, a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Some people might feel numbness and tingling in their feet and legs.


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