Symptoms Feeling thirstier than usual, urinating frequently, losing weight without trying, Presence of ketones in the urine. Feeling tired and weak, feeling irritable or having other changes in mood, having blurred vision, having sores that heal slowly. According to the CDC, more than 9% of Americans are living with diabetes. This disease is increasingly common, and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes each year.
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the level of blood sugar (blood glucose) is too high and may be due to insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes) or an inability to produce insulin (type 1 diabetes). Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood. In contrast, type 2 diabetes can develop at any age, but it is more common in older populations. Prediabetes occurs when the blood sugar level is identified as higher than normal, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes.
There are changes that can be made to decrease the chance that the disease will progress to type 2 diabetes. When your blood sugar level is high, your kidneys expel excess blood sugar, causing you to urinate more often. One of the first warning signs of diabetes is frequent urination, which is urgent enough to wake you up to go to the bathroom while you sleep. While your kidneys are working overtime and you urinate more frequently, valuable fluids will be extracted from your tissues.
Frequent urination will make you constantly feel thirsty. When your blood sugar level is high, your body works hard to get rid of excess sugar. This process not only affects the body, but it also alters how the body uses glucose for energy. .
With the release of excess glucose, you lose your greatest source of energy and, when your body cannot use glucose for energy, it starts to burn fat and muscle, leading to weight loss. Unexplained weight loss is considered significant at 10 pounds or 5% of total body weight. Like damaged eye tissue that causes blurred vision, damaged blood vessels weaken blood circulation. Because of this, it is more difficult for blood to reach the affected area, and minor cuts or wounds may take weeks or months to heal.
This slow healing makes unhealed cuts and wounds prone to infection, increasing the risk of amputation. The American Diabetes Association has a risk test that can help you determine if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Do you know someone with diabetes, or is diabetes hereditary? Do you have diabetes? Most likely, the answer to at least one of these questions is yes, because diabetes is quite common. In fact, in the United States, more income and more money are spent on diabetes than on any other condition.
Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, poor circulation, poor wound healing, and diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States. So how do you know if you have diabetes? How would you know? Today I'm going to give you the symptoms of diabetes and 10 warning signs that you should NEVER ignore. For type 2 diabetes, you usually have enough insulin, but your body's cells don't react to insulin. So you have all kinds of keys, you have enough insulin, but none of the keys open the door.
Now, I'll say that in some patients, even if they have type 2 diabetes, many times higher blood sugar, those high glucose levels actually damage the cells that produce insulin. That's why some type 2 diabetics also need insulin. In addition to type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, there is also gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women.
During pregnancy, a woman's body normally requires more insulin. So, if your body can't produce an adequate amount of insulin, you may develop high blood sugar levels or diabetes. In addition, pregnancy itself can cause your body to produce a certain substance that prevents your body from processing insulin properly. So what does that mean? Once a woman with gestational diabetes gives birth to a baby, if she didn't have diabetes before pregnancy, the diabetes will usually go away, but if she has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, she is at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus later in life.
And now, with the 10 warning signs and symptoms of diabetes, you should NEVER ignore them. And remember that symptoms are what you feel, signs are what you see. And so you'll drink, drink, drink. You have polydipsia, increased thirst, but the more you drink, the more you urinate, so it's a continuous cycle.
You're losing weight, but not on purpose, and this could be a warning sign. When you have high blood sugar levels or when you have this high level of blood glucose, you sure have a lot of sugar in your blood, but remember that if that sugar isn't in your cells, then your body isn't getting adequate energy. So what do you do? You try to eat more to gain energy. You want to eat and that's why you eat, you eat, you eat, but since your body can't properly metabolize sugar, you don't get the energy and you're losing weight.
People who have diabetes or hyperglycemia can actually lose quite a lot of weight. You can lose 20 pounds in a month or two, even. So, if you lose weight unintentionally, this could be a warning sign of diabetes. When you see your doctor for a routine exam, they usually screen you for diabetes when they check your lab tests and test your blood sugar or glucose.
If you have any risk factors for diabetes, especially if you are over 45 or if you are black, Latino or Native American, if you are overweight or obese, if you have polycystic ovary syndrome, and certainly if you have a family history of diabetes or a personal history of gestational diabetes. If you have any of these risk factors, be sure to tell your doctor and request that you be screened for diabetes. You can even do a hemoglobin A1C test, fasting blood glucose levels, and other tests. There are several different treatments for diabetes.
In other words, having excess belly fat can be a risk factor for diabetes. Treatment may also include insulin, of course, for type 1 diabetics, but there are some patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who also require insulin. And then there are oral medications for diabetes, such as metformin, Januvia, there are a lot of options. The key is to pay attention to your body and never ignore the warning signs and symptoms of diabetes.
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More than 30 million Americans (about 10 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.3 million who aren't diagnosed. In addition, 1.5 million Americans receive a recent diagnosis each year. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases. If you go to the bathroom more, especially if you wake up several times a night to go, it may be a sign that your kidneys are working overtime to get rid of excess sugar in your blood.
Poor circulation along with fluid loss (due to frequent urination) can cause dry skin. Dry skin causes itchy skin. If you have some of these subtle symptoms, try a low-carb diet with protein and green leafy vegetables. Avoid sugary drinks and drink at least 2 liters of water for a few days to see if these symptoms improve.
You have undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes Your treatment for diabetes needs to be adjusted. This skin condition usually starts as small, solid, raised bumps that look like pimples. As it progresses, these bumps become patches of hard, swollen skin. The patches may be yellow, reddish, or brown.
A dark patch (or band) of velvety skin on the back of your neck, armpit, groin, or anywhere else could indicate that you have too much insulin in your blood. The medical name for this skin condition is acanthosis nigricans. AN, which often causes darker skin in the folds of the neck, may be the first sign that a person has diabetes. On your hands, you'll notice tight, waxy skin on the back of your hands.
The fingers may become stiff and difficult to move. If your diabetes has been poorly controlled for years, it may look like you have pebbles at your fingertips. Hard, thick, puffy-looking skin may spread and appear on the forearms and upper arms. It can also develop in the upper back, shoulders and neck.
Sometimes, the thickening of the skin extends to the face, shoulders, and chest. Rarely, the skin that covers the knees, ankles, or elbows also thickens, making it difficult to straighten your leg, point your foot, or bend your arm. Wherever it appears, thickened skin usually has the texture of an orange peel. This skin problem usually occurs in people who have complications due to diabetes or hard-to-treat diabetes.
It's rare, but people with diabetes may suddenly see blisters appear on their skin. You may see a large blister, a group of blisters, or both. Blisters tend to form on the hands, feet, legs, or forearms and look like blisters that appear after a serious burn. Unlike the blisters that form after a burn, these blisters aren't painful.
Large blisters like this can form on the skin of people who have diabetes. Has a year or more passed since your last menstrual period and do you have several yeast infections each year? You may have diabetes or prediabetes. Having high blood sugar (glucose) levels for a long time can cause poor circulation and damage nerves. You may have developed them if you have had uncontrolled (or poorly controlled) diabetes for a long time.
If you have diabetes, you should check your feet every day for sores or open wounds. This skin condition causes spots (and sometimes lines) that create a barely noticeable depression in the skin. It's common in people who have diabetes. The medical name is diabetic dermopathy.
It usually forms on the pimples. Rarely, you'll see it on the arms, thighs, trunk, or other areas of the body. Whether this skin condition is associated with diabetes is controversial. We know that most people who have granuloma annulare don't have diabetes.
However, several studies have found this skin condition in patients with diabetes. One such study found that people with diabetes were more likely to have granuloma annulare on large areas of the skin and that bumps came and went. Another study concluded that people who have granuloma annulare that comes and goes should be tested for diabetes. These develop when you have high levels of fat in your blood.
It can also be a sign that diabetes is poorly controlled. The medical name for this condition is xanthelasma. Many people have skin marks—growths on their skin that hang from a stem. Although harmless, having numerous marks on your skin can be a sign that you have too much insulin in your blood or that you have type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes can cause many other skin problems. Most skin problems are harmless, but even a mild one can be serious in people with diabetes. A board-certified dermatologist can recognize skin problems due to diabetes and help you manage them. If you feel tingling in your toes and toes, or if you feel tingling and numbness in your toes, that could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, which can occur in diabetes.
So, if you notice that you have cuts or wounds that really take a long time to heal, this poor wound healing may be a warning sign of diabetes. When diabetes affects the skin, it's often a sign that blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high. Now, it usually varies, but usually most people go to the bathroom about six or seven times a day, but if you find that you go to the bathroom even more than that and to the point where it actually interferes with your daily life, you may have excessive urination and this could be a warning sign of diabetes. And this darker skin, this hyperpigmentation, can be a sign of insulin resistance and it can be a warning sign of diabetes.
So, if you notice some nerve changes and a little tingling, that can definitely be a warning sign of diabetes. Frequent urination and excessive thirst, the telltale signs of type 2 diabetes, are usually mild and can easily be attributed to other factors. If you still get up several times to go to the bathroom at night, that may be a sign that something else is going on. Again, you're not using energy properly in diabetes, so you may overeat as a warning sign.