Have You Ever Asked Yourself: “Do I have Diabetes?”

December 8, 2014 | By More

 

Diabetes is considered one of the most widespread and serious life-threatening medical conditions in the world today. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that there are 382 million people suffering from diabetes, and the statistics are expected to increase to 592 million by 2035. Some experts say the numbers are just a conservative calculation – in Australia alone, 275 individuals are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes each day but around 700,000 people have it undetected according to the Diabetes Australia Fact Sheet.

The problem with diabetes, particularly type 2, is that early symptoms can be hard to notice – and in some cases, there may seem to be no symptoms at all. Patients only find out once they start suffering from diabetes-related complications. There is still no cure for diabetes, but being diagnosed with it doesn’t mean leading a normal life is hopeless. Medical experts say that with proper diagnoses (and if possible, early detection) and vigilant treatment, diabetes patients can lead a productive, healthy and high-quality life.stop-eating-cookies

If you ever have found yourself asking, “Do I have diabetes,” you can start by checking if you are experiencing some of these classic symptoms.  

You are excessively thirsty all the time and you constantly need to urinate. Your body looks for more liquids because it may be dehydrated, which may be due to the build up of excess sugar in your blood. Even with your kidneys working overtime, it may still not be able to keep pace with the build up. The excess sugar then draws fluids from your tissues and gets excreted into your urine. This, coupled with increased fluid intake due to your excessive thirst, causes the increased urination.

You suffer from extreme fatigue. Dehydration and sugar imbalance in your body leads to low energy levels.

Your eyesight starts to deteriorate. Blurred vision and poor focus are caused by high blood sugar levels drawing fluid away from the lenses of your eyes. Left untreated, this can lead to loss of vision.

You seem to get sick more; wounds and sores heal slowly. High levels of blood sugar may affect your body’s natural ability to heal itself and fight infections.

You experience leg cramps or numbing hands. Nerve damage due to excess sugar in your blood is manifested by the frequent tingling sensation, numbness or cramps in your hands and feet.

Your gums look swollen and feel tender to the touch. Diabetes weakens your immunity to germs and bacteria, and the gums can become one of the areas in your body that will be most vulnerable to infection. Diabetes patients who do not implement an extra-vigilant oral care regimen can suffer from inflamed sore gums and loose teeth.  

Again, these symptoms may or may not be noticeable especially during the early stages of diabetes. The only way to detect diabetes accurately is to undergo a glucose blood test regularly.

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