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The Warning Signs of Diabetes

Mar 28, 2008
The warning signs of diabetes can be very subtle and can easily be overlooked. Some patients have had the disease for many months or even years before they were diagnosed. The bottom line is, only you know your body, if something does not seem right; consult your physician right away.

Listed below are some common indicators of diabetes.

You are always parched as well as rushing to the lavatory to urinate. Regardless of how much you knock back, you always desire more to satisfy your need for liquids; this may indicate that you are dehydrated from numerous trips to the lavatory to urinate. The kidneys are functioning overtime to clear out and eliminate the overload of glucose in the body. If the kidneys are unable to maintain the pace, they will collect liquids from other tissues and the blood stream to weaken the sugar concentration. This presents the need to urinate as the bladder is always full. Too much urination causes dehydration that in turn generates thirst.

You can get dried out and scratchy skin as a result of dehydration.

You may suffer flu-like symptoms. Since the glucose cannot be used properly to fuel the body, you can experience fatigue, weakness, and loss of appetite. All of which are symptoms similarly attributed to the flu, therefore easily overlooked.

You may experience fluctuations in your weight. Losing weight without attempting to can be caused by the repeated need to urinate or the body's attacking muscle and fat tissues in an attempt to procure energy. When you are eating normally, or excessively due to the body's cells starving for fuel, you should not be losing weight. Type 1 diabetics will experience a rapid weight loss, as opposed to Type 2 diabetics who will experience a slower weight loss. On the other hand, weight gain is also a symptom in that the more fat cells a person has, the higher the chance of insulin resistance exists.

You might experience itchy sensation or lack of feeling in your hands, legs, or feet. Owing to elevated amounts of sugar in the blood, nerve damage can be done in the hands, legs, and feet, a state that is identified as neuropathy. The damage done by neuropathy can take a long time to detect. Type 2 diabetics might be living with the disease for several years before being identified.

Blurry vision may happen. Dehydration sucks the fluid it needs from a number of tissues including the eyes. The lens of the eye can get dry, causing it to be difficult to focus. The blood vessels of the retina get injured and fresh vessels are created, if not discovered and dealt with the troubles with eyesight can range from minor to major, including blindness.

You possibly will have sores or contusions that will mend at a snail's pace, or go through numerous infections. Diabetes has an effect on the body's capability to repair itself correctly and thwart infection. Numerous bladder and vaginal infections are extremely frequent in women who have the medical condition, diabetes.

Your gums may become inflamed, and tender. With the body's inability to fight off infection, germs end up running rampant. This affects the gums, causing them to become infected and sores to develop, and the bones that support the teeth, causing them to become loose. If infection in the gums exists prior to the development of diabetes, puss pockets can develop.

By themselves, the above symptoms may not appear to mean much. The best way to know for sure is if you suffer any of these symptoms, or others that are not normal for you, contact your physician and talk with them regarding your concerns. You know your body best, if something does not seem right, there is usually a reason.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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