Diabetes Early Symptoms
Due to lack of diabetes early symptoms, some people are shocked when they find out they have the condition. Why? Because they feel fine and healthy. You see, frequently there are no symptoms during the early stages. That is why it is important to get tested for this, if you know you are at risk.
Here is a check list to see if you are at risk to develop this condition. Since the diabetes early symptoms do not appear, there is no warning sometimes and yet the strategies to fight it have to be in place so you stand a better chance to beat it. The more checks you put in, the higher your risk is for type 2 diabetes:
Are You at Risk to Develop Type 2 Diabetes?
1. Do you have a family history of this condition? Your chance increases when someone in the immediate family has it.
2. Are you overweight? Being overweight especially if concentrated in the abdominal area is the most common risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
3. Are you physically inactive? The more inactive you are, the more risk you have for diabetes.
4. Are you over 45 years old? The older you get the higher is the risk to develop this condition.
5. Have you given birth to a baby who is more than 9 pounds?
6. Have you developed diabetes while pregnant?
7. Are you Black American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Asian American, Alaska Native or Pacific Islander? People of these races are more likely to develop the condition.
A Prejudiced Disease?
Why is diabetes called a prejudiced disease? Because some people have a higher risk to develop the condition. The Texas Diabetes Council reports that more than 12% of Hispanics are diagnosed with the disease and many of them do not have health insurance. They therefore wait till it becomes full blown and have to go to the emergency room.
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There you have the risks. The more you check or answer yes to those questions, the more likely you will develop it. Since there are usually no diabetes early symptoms to alert us, it's best to get tested. The slow appearance of the disease accompanied by no signs, makes it undetected for years so get yourself tested so it will not be too late.
When the diabetes early symptoms do arrive, here are the warning signs:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Extreme hunger
- Blurry vision
- Cuts or bruises that heal ever so slowly
- Flu-like symptoms
- Recurring bladder or vaginal infections
- Recurring infections to skin and gums
- Tingling in the hands and feet.
Frequent urination and excessive thirst can be the result when there is so much glucose in the blood. Since the kidneys are unable to absorb all the excess glucose, it's excreted in the urine with the fluids drawn from the tissue. This leads to frequent urination and dehydration. To replace all this fluid, there is a need to drink a lot.
Some type 2 diabetics lose weight before they are diagnosed because the glucose lost due to frequent urination makes them lose calories. Some develop diabetes after gaining weight and this increased weight makes insulin resistance worst.
Too much glucose in the blood also draws fluid from the lenses of the eyes leading them to thin. This affects their ability to focus. The fluid is restored to the lenses after the amount of glucose in the blood is lowered. The other thing that can happen to the eyes due to excess blood glucose in the blood is that this can lead to form blood vessels in the eyes that can bleed.
Dark spots, rings around lights, and flashing lights and even blindness can then come up. The trouble is that there are no diabetes early symptoms and so please go to the eye specialist regularly. The eye specialist will be able to examine the blood vessels closely.
The high blood glucose in the blood is surely our enemy, isn't it? For not only do they do damage as outlined above but they also obstruct the healing power of the body and so the sores and infections take so much time to heal. Then the flu-like symptoms like weakness and fatigue are felt.
Although not shown as the diabetes early symptoms, the ability of the mouth to fight germs also gets weak. Infections appear and so does gum disease with the gums pulling away from teeth thus making the teeth loose. There may be sores or pus in the gums too.
Then there's the tingling in the feet and hands caused by the presence of excess glucose in the blood that damage the nerves. There will be pain in the legs and the rest of the extremities which we wish it showed as the diabetes early symptoms so we could fight it. But it comes like a thief in the night.
We will not give up though. We will continue self-monitoring our blood glucose level and follow all the things we are supposed to do to get healthy. After all, there are thousands of diabetics who have successfully beaten the odds with or without the diabetes early symptoms. We can do the same!
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