Diabetes is a very serious medical condition in which there is high levels of sugar constantly present in the blood. In order to combat this disease, patients must take insulin to help regulate their blood sugar at a normal level. When a normal level is not maintained by the body, the patient may suffer from losing consciousness, or even suffer fatal side effects. Because of the severity, it is vital to know the signs that you may have diabetes, or that a friend or loved one is suffering from the condition.
The general signs that you may have diabetes are true for all types of diabetes and include the following:
- Extreme thirst
This is caused by the fact that your kidney is working overtime due to the excessive amount of sugar in your bloodstream. When the kidney is unable to keep up, it may cause you to feel thirstier than most due to the slight dehydration from the need to urinate, which is caused by the excess sugar.
- Constantly hunger, more so immediately after eating
Again, since there is so much sugar in your bloodstream, your body may be at a loss with what to do with what nutrients it has, which is sometimes read by the brain as your system needing additional nutrients and telling you that you are hungry.
- Feeling like your mouth is dry
This symptom also comes from the same cause as the extreme thirst-when your kidney is working overtime your body is going through fluids faster than normal and, thus, does not retain as much moisture in your mouth.
- Constantly feeling the need to urinate
As said before, when the kidney cannot keep up with all of the excess sugar, it will excrete it through your urine. When diabetes is not treated, there is a lot of excess sugar, which means you will constantly feel the need to urinate.
- Losing weight without an explanation
This is most common with type one diabetes and occurs when nutrients are not reaching your cells properly.
- Constantly feeling week or tired (fatigue)
With everything going on inside of your body, you will quickly feel the constant need to rest. Not to mention, with sugar possibly not going to the right places, you don’t have the proper fuel to make it through an average day.
- Vision blurry
Having high blood sugar actually starts pulling fluid from your tissues, which affects the eyes ability to focus.
- Wounds that heal slowly
The imbalance in blood sugar may impair your body’s natural healing abilities.
- Numbness, tingling, or any type of pain in your hands and feet
This results from nerve damage caused by excessive sugar in your blood stream and can occur anywhere on the body, but is commonly noticed in the hands or feet.
If you have a mixture of any of these symptoms, it is vital that you speak with your doctor as soon as possible. Even though you may currently be suffering from several of the aforementioned symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have diabetes, but may be suffering from another condition. Regardless, when in doubt, it is best to be assessed by a doctor to make sure.