Let’s talk about the symptoms of diabetes you need to know about. Diabetes affects millions of people all over the world. In the United States alone, over 25 million people are affected by it. Regarded as one of the major causes of death in the world, Diabetes mellitus is considered a serious health risk, most especially if it is not diagnosed and dietary/lifestyle changes are not made. The first signs of diabetes mellitus can be difficult to recognize.
Out of the millions of people affected by diabetes mellitus, about half of them are unaware they have the disease. It is not uncommon for diabetes to go undetected. The signs and symptoms can be difficult to distinguish from other simple problems. Often time, the very first signs of diabetes can be so minute; you may possibly not even recognize them. The goal of this article is to to shine the light on some of the symptoms of diabetes that people should be aware of.
This refers to the excessive hunger often experienced by diabetes patients. This abnormal hunger is only a reaction of the body to a lack of glucose or sugar, thus starving the body cells. The diabetic patient is tempted to eat more and more. And yet, the more food the patient consumes, the more the glucose level rise. If the patient is eating a lot of processed food and simple carbohydrates, then their blood sugar levels are rising and dropping quickly (also triggering excess hunger) and their blood sugar levels become more and more uncontrolled. All of this will often result in weight gain.
Loss of Weight
For some people the opposite happens, especially if their body gets overwhelmed and stops being able to make insulin. Without insulin, the sugar in the blood cannot be transported into the cells where it is used for energy. Because the cells are starved of glucose or sugar, the body begins to make use of stored fats so as to nourish the cells. When this phenomenon continues for a long period of time, the patients begins to lose weight.
Polyurea or Excessive Urination
Constant urination is the most common of the symptoms of diabetes mellitus. Because of high levels of sugar present in the urea, the urine would also taste very sugary. If you find yourself urinating very often, do well to check if your urine is sugary. Do this by tasting the urea. If, for any reason, it is sugary, then watch out. This may not be definitive proof that you have diabetes, but it may be an indication that you may suddenly develop diabetes later future.
This is known as the dryness of the mouth which often results to excessive thirst and the urge to take in liquid. Due to the high quantity of body fluids lost through urine, the body experiences dryness of the mouth and excessive thirst. The diabetes patient has an intense craving for water and yet is never satisfied.
This is probably the least recognized of the symptoms of diabetes. Persistent itching all over the body, especially in the genital areas of the body is a sign of diabetes. This is true, especially in women. If a woman persistently experiences itching in her vagina, a medical checkup is necessary.
Weakness and Tiredness
It is not only the fats that are used. The body system also feeds on the proteins in the body, which leads to general weakness and tiredness. This is a very common symptom of diabetes today.
The above are few of the many symptoms of diabetes that should trigger going in for a checkup. It is advisable for anyone who experiences the above to immediately go for check up and if found to be diabetic, urgent treatment and management measures should be taken. Good dietary changes along with regular exercise can go a long way in reducing or even reversing the symptoms of diabetes..