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The Warning Signs of Diabetes

by Julia Hanf

The Warning Signs of Diabetes

Julia Hanf

The preliminary indicators of diabetes can be very slight and can simply go unnoticed. A patient may have the disease for several months or potentially years prior to a diagnosis. In the end, you are the only one who knows your body, if you are not feeling yourself, go see your health care provider right away.

Some commonly overlooked diabetes signs are as follows:

You are always thirsty and running to the restroom to urinate. If it seems that no matter how much you drink, you constantly crave more to quench your thirst; this may be a sign that you are dehydrated from frequent visits to the restroom to urinate. The kidneys are working extra hard to clean out and dispose of the excess sugars in the body. If the kidneys fail to keep up, they will gather fluids from other tissues and the blood stream to water down the glucose. This process keeps the bladder filled, which will lead to the need to urinate. Excessive urination leads to dehydration, which triggers thirst.

You can get dried out and scratchy skin as a result of dehydration.

You might experience feelings similar to those encountered with the flu. The body fails to be energized by the sugars and you can feel fatigued, weak, and have a diminished desire for food. These symptoms are like those that you experience with the flu, and be missed altogether.

You may notice changes in your weight. To lose weight with no intention to can be attributed to the continual need to urinate as well as the body's attack on muscle and fat tissues in an endeavor to obtain energy. At a time when you are eating as you usually do or exceptionally more than usual owing to the body's cells need for fuel, you shouldn't be experiencing weight loss. Type 1 diabetics will have a quick drop in weight, rather than Type 2 diabetics who will have a more gradual decline in weight. Then again, weight increase is another symptom, the increased number of fat cells a person has, the larger the possibility of insulin resistance there is.

Your extremities may have tickly feeling or loss of sensation. Increased levels of glucose in the blood can damage the nerves in the hands, legs, or feet. Known as neuropathy, this condition occurs slowly over time. Type 2 diabetic may have the disease for quite some time before this symptom shows up.

Your eyesight may happen to blur. Due to dehydration drawing desired liquid from a variety of tissues, the eyes may be harmed. Dehydration makes the lens of the eye dried out and ability to focus becomes harder. If not found and corrected, the blood vessels of the retina grow to be damaged and fresh vessels are fashioned. Occasionally this only creates slight troubles with eyesight. However, blindness can also result.

You may have wounds or bruises that heal slowly, or suffer frequent infections. Diabetes affects the body's capacity to heal properly and prevent infection. Frequent bladder and vaginal infections are very common in women who suffer from diabetes.

Your gums can become irritated, and sore. With the body's lack of ability to hold back infection, germs run wild. This can cause the gums become contaminated and sores to pop up. The teeth can loosen if infection gets to the bones that support them. If infection in the gums is in existence before the onset of diabetes, abscesses can occur.

When glanced at, the described symptoms do not appear to present a big deal, however when examined more closely they could be diabetes warning signals. The only way to know for certain is to get a check-up. No one knows your body better than you, if something does not feel right, it probably isn't.

Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit and learn more about your solution for diabetes.