It can be hard to tell if you are diabetic. The warning signs can be so mild that they often go unnoticed, and some people don;t find out they have diabetes until they experience problems caused by long-term damage.
So how can you tell if you are diabetic? These are the signs you should be looking for.
1. Dark Patches On Skin
Dark patches are often a tell tale sign of diabetes. This happens when insulin receptors are trigger in the skin, causing mutations that can appear dark or irregular in shape and size.
2. Increased Thirst
If you feel parched even after driving a full bottle of water, it could be a sign of diabetes. Because the body can’t properly metabolize the glucose in a person with diabetes’ bloodstream, it’s excreted through urination, pulling extra water from various parts of the body. This can lead to extreme thirst even when you think you are fully hydrated.
If you find that you are hungry even after finishing a 3 course meal, it could be a result of unchecked diabetes. This is because diabetes prevents a person from using an adequate amount of glucose, resulting in excess hunger.
4. Weight Loss
While we usually hear about a person gaining weight as a result of diabetes, weight loss can also be a sign. As water is pulled from the body to excrete excess glucose, it can also cause a slimming effect that is anything but doctor recommended.
5. Pain In Extremities
As diabetes progresses, is can cause nerve damage in the hands and feet. This is called perceptive neuropathy and it happens when a person remains in a hyperglycemic state for too long. It can cause permanent nerve damage, loss of sensation, and even tissue death.
6. Sweet Breath
Sweet breath can mean the body isn’t creating enough insulin. As the body begins to burn fat instead of glucose, ketones are released in to the blood stream. As a result, the breath can have a sweet smell.
7. Dry Mouth
This again happens when excess water is sucked from the body in an effort to flush out glucose in the blood stream. Long term this can lead to bad breath and tooth decay.
8. Weight Gain
If you are gaining weight and nothing in your diet or lifestyle has changed, it may be time to talk to a doctor. Everyone’s body is different – some people gain weight with diabetes, while others lose it.
9. Vision Changes
Aging is usually the culprit of vision loss, but in some people it can also be a sign of diabetes. Not only can high blood sugar levels cause vision changes, diabetes can also cause diabetic retinopathy, which means the blood vessels in the eyes have become damages as a result of the disease..
Many diabetics find themselves struggling with mood swings as a result of blood sugar fluctuations. If you are dealing with mood swings on top of other diabetes symptoms, it could be time to talk to a doctor.
Diabetes can make it impossible for your body to extract nutrients from food, and this can cause extreme fatigue.
Diabetic gastroparesis is a condition where the stomach doesn’t full empty in to the intestine during digestion, and this can lead to feeling nauseous after eating.
If you have ongoing numbness in your arms and legs that goes beyond the usual pins and needles, it could be a sign of diabetes. If left unchecked long enough, this can lead to tissue death and eventual amputation.
PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome, happens when a persons hormone levels fluctuate from diabetes. This can also happen the other way around; PCOS can cause hormone imbalances which interfere with insulin production.
15: Belly Pain
For a person with undiagnosed diabetes, belly pain can be a sign that something is seriously wrong in the body. This happens as a result of diabetic gastroparesis, which means the stomach doesn’t fully empty during digestion. Fortunately, this should subside once a person’s diabetes is under control.
16: Increased Urination
As the body draws water in an effort to flush out excess glucose that can’t be processed, it can result in increased urination. If you are not drinking more water than usual, you might want to speak to your doctor.
When a person has diabetes, their body can’t process sugars and nutrients the way it normally would. Over time, this can lead to weakness as the body burns through healthy tissue.
Diabetes can increase risk of infection in many different ways. Increased urination means increased risk for bladder and urinary tract infections. Extreme dehydration can lead to cracked skin, and diabetic neuropathy can lead to infections in the extremities.
19: Slower Healing Time
Does it seem like injuries just take forever to heal? This could be a sign of diabetes. Diabetes interferes with red and white blood cells, limiting your body’s ability to heal.
20: Itchy Skin
In a person with diabetes, it’s not uncommon to have dry and/or cracked skin. This goes back to the body pulling water while getting rid of excess glucose that it can’t process.
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