Having diabetes is no joke and can lead to diabetes type 2, which can lead to even potentially more dangerous health complications or even death. If you think you are more likely to have diabetes because of your family history or age, here are the signs and symptoms one should look out for.
1. Increased thirst
If you do have diabetes, your body cannot use sugars as it normally would. Sugar will then collect in your blood and your kidneys will work to remove the sugar, which is what triggers an increased thirst. Your kidneys need extra water to flush that extra sugar away.
Not everyone with diabetes experiences headaches but it is common enough symptom one should be mindful of. Headaches can occur because of changes in your blood sugar levels, meaning they might be too high.
3. Blurred vision
If you have diabetes, fluid can move in and out of the eye due to high blood sugar levels. This causes the lens of the eye to swell.
4. Dry mouth
Much like a cause for thirst, your body is needing to urinate so much that you consistently feel your mouth becoming dry. Stay hydrated and keep water with you. Eating high fiber fruits, chewing gum and enjoying mints can help reduce this symptom.
Gmate Health’s blood glucose monitoring system can help you if you’re at risk.
5. Urine infections
If you do have diabetes and it’s not properly controlled, you’re more likely at risk to develop infections. Why? Because sugar in the urine promotes bacterial growth.
6. Frequent urination
The average person urinates between four and seven times during a 24 hour period. Your body reabsorbs glucose as it passes through your kidneys. But when diabetes pushes your blood sugar upward, your kidneys may not be able to reabsorb the glucose. Frequent urination then causes you to be more thirsty, resulting in you having to urinate more often.
7. Unexplained weight loss despite eating regularly
Insufficient insulin prevents the body from receiving glucose which the body uses for energy. As a result, the body starts burning fat and muscle for energy causing one to lose weight (and not in a good way!)
8. Increased hunger despite having just eaten
A lack of energy, because the body needs glucose for energy and your body isn’t providing enough of it, will result in your body thinking you need to eat more. This is called Polyphagia. Exercise is a great way to stimulate insulin production and reduce blood sugar levels.
The body needs insulin to process glucose, which your body uses to create energy to get you through the day. If your body doesn’t have enough insulin, you’ll feel fatigued no matter the kind of food you’re eating or how much of it you eat.
Some of these symptoms are in fact so subtle most people don’t realize they have them until a doctor confirms that they have diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Not knowing you have diabetes can cause long-term damage which is why being in tune with your body is so important.
If you do have diabetes, make sure to visit Gmate Health for all of your Blood Glucose Monitoring needs!