13 Early Warning Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore
Type 2 diabetes is a common disease of the modern time.
According to the statistics, one out of three people have it, but they don’t even know about it. This disease can also lead to serious complications, such as cardiovascular and neurological damage.
Therefore, an early detection is very important. If you experience some of the symptoms of diabetes, don’t panic, because you can still have the chance to live a fulfilling life and keep the diabetes under control by eating healthy food, exercising regularly and taking medications.
Here are 13 early warning signs of diabetes, you shouldn’t ignore:
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
1.Frequent urination– When you have excess glucose in your blood and if your kidneys takes extra time and hard work to filter out the sugar, you will find yourself going to the bathroom more than usual.
2.Excessive thirst – similar symptom to the previous one. The frequent urination leads to dehydration, which is the leading reason for excessive thirst.
3.Increased hunger– since blood sugar levels rise and fall, the cells don’t get enough glucose, and this leads to increased hunger.
4.Dry mouth– lack of moisture in the mouth, not only can unpleasant, but it can also be dangerous. Dry mouth is a perfect ground for bacteria, which can cause oral and dental problems. Gum disease is also a warning sign of diabetes.
5.Unexplained weight loss or weight gain– the loss of calories caused by the frequent urination leads to weight loss, but on the other hand, diabetes prevents the sugar in food from entering a person’s cells, which leads to hunger pangs and thus, to weight gain.
6.Fatigue– the lack of glucose in the cells is the reason for constant fatigue and tiredness. The constant urge to urinate interrupts your sleep and then you are very likely to experience lower energy levels, and even feel irritable and in a bad mood.
7.Vision problems– high blood sugar can change the shape of the lens and eyes, resulting in blurry vision. High sugar levels for a longer period of time can cause permanent damage and can even lead to eyesight loss.
8.Headaches– occur as a result of elevated blood sugar levels.
9.Infections, cuts and bruises that do not heal– excessive amounts of sugar slow the wounds-healing process.
10.Yeast infections– a sugary environment is perfect for bacteria and fungi, and this issue leads to yeast infections like Candida, especially Candida infections in women.
11.Numbness and tingling in hands and feet– also known as diabetic neuropathy- the nerve damage can become permanent if sugar levels aren’t brought down and can lead to serious complications of diabetes.
12.Skin changes– velvety dark skin, or achantosis nigricans, is known to darken the skin around the neck, armpits, groin and even the vaginal area.
13.Sexual dysfunction– diabetes can also cause sexual problems like vaginal dryness in women and impotence in men.
Consult a doctor if you experience some of these symptoms and do a blood test to found out whether you are suffering from type 2 diabetes or not.
*Eating an unhealthy diet rich in red meat, unhealthy fats, sugars and processed food
Conclusion: Making some lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, exercising moderately, avoiding stress situations, as well as unhealthy habits can help in the diabetes risk prevention.