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Diabetes - Common Symptoms of Diabetes

Jul 2, 2008
The signs of diabetes may be confusing. Not all the common symptoms are present is each case of diabetes. Symptoms may appear and disappear. Other problems can produce similar symptoms. Despite these factors, diabetes is usually marked by some common signs.

Having to urinate frequently is a classic symptom of diabetes. High blood glucose levels are a definitive sign of diabetes. The body may produce insufficient insulin to deal with glucose (Type 1 diabetes) or the body may not use insulin properly (Type 2 diabetes).

In both forms of diabetes, the body tries to eliminate extra glucose through urination. The kidneys filter out some extra sugar, but they cannot remove it all. Glucose is then excreted as waste from other metabolic processes.

One result, and an accompanying symptom, is excessive thirst. The diabetic feels as if he or she is always thirsty, and no matter how much fluid is taken in it never seems like enough. That in turn prompts still more urination.

Fatigue that will not go away may also accompany diabetes. Glucose is the body's major energy source and it must be processed with the aid of insulin. When insulin is not present or not used properly the person will have little energy and will feel fatigued.

But other body systems can be affected by diabetes and show up as symptoms.

Distorted vision can be caused by many causes, including age. Normal aging leads to presbyopia-the decreased elasticity of the lenses. Presbyopia makes it difficult to focus. However, diabetes related-eye problems are different than normal age-related vision difficulties.

High blood sugar levels reduce fluid in the tissues, including those of the eye and in particular the lenses. That affects your ability to focus. When the disease becomes more advanced it can cause new blood vessels to form in the retina. That again affects your vision. Though in this circumstance, the result is more often seeing dark spots or flashing lights, or rings around room lights.

Diabetes can also affect wound healing. Cuts, especially on the feet may heal more slowly in a person with Type 2 diabetes. Scientists don't clearly understand the reasons for this problem, but can be another symptom. In addition, the immune system is weakened and cannot fight infection as well.

See a physician if you suspect you have diabetes. Don't try to self-diagnosis. The symptoms of diabetes can be easily due to some other condition. Blood tests are needed for an accurate diagnosis. Fortunately, your insurance policy will likely pay for these simple tests.
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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