Early signs and symptoms of diabetes are often overlooked, intentionally or unintentionally, because it looks harmless and does not indicate a serious condition. And know the symptoms of diabetes can be very helpful for sufferers to get treatment early and prevent further damage caused by diabetes. To note, ‘the destruction’ caused by a condition commonly called ‘high blood sugar’ can even last for years before symptoms first appear.
Moreover, in diabetes type 2 where the symptoms sometimes do not appear at all, or symptoms so mild that a person would not notice.
Symptoms of diabetes =
It is important to recognize the early symptoms of diabetes so that you or your family can get treatment as soon as possible. If these symptoms occur, consult a doctor immediately so that the condition can be diagnosed early.
- Increased frequency of urination and often feel thirsty.
Increased sugar in the bloodstream will make the kidneys try to filter it so that blood sugar levels remain normal. When the kidneys are no longer able to accommodate the excess sugar, the sugar will be excreted through urine. Fluid in the body will be taken to help remove sugar from the body. Increased frequency of urination which causes the body to become dehydrated and thirsty. As a result, a person will drink water more often, which will also increase urination. Two interrelated conditions above are the most common symptom of diabetes.
- Often feel hungry.
The hormone insulin functions to absorb blood sugar (glucose) and distribute it to the body’s cells to be used as an energy source. In diabetics, the body’s cells do not get the energy, either because of the amount of insulin or because the cells are less resistant to insulin. The condition causes the body’s cells ‘starved’ because it requires the intake of glucose or energy, and your body will feel hungry. A person may feel very hungry even after eating due to this condition.
- Dry mouth.
These symptoms result from the body feels dehydrated due to increased urination.
- Visual disturbances.
High levels of blood sugar can cause the lens to crash/distortion and loss of flexibility, resulting in eyes hard to focus. Eventually, these symptoms can cause damage to the eyes, to blindness.
Many conditions (caused by high blood sugar levels), which can cause the body to feel tired, like dehydration, body cells do not get sufficient energy (glucose), or the body feels hungry.
- Emotional disturbances.
These symptoms are caused by fluctuating blood sugar levels. The body is working hard to balance blood sugar levels plus other diabetes symptoms can affect mood, such as being irritable, etc.
Diabetes, which affects many systems in the body, causing a variety of conditions that can cause headaches. These conditions include high blood sugar, high blood pressure, eye disorders, neuropathy and nervous system disorders.
- Weight loss.
Diabetics typically will lose weight for no apparent reason. Diabetes causes the body’s cells do not get the energy (glucose) from food. If you diet regular, but the weight drops drastically, immediately consult a doctor or healthcare professional.
- Frequent infections.
Excess blood sugar levels can cause interference to the nervous system and blood circulation, which can result in the sufferer prone to recurrent infections, such as the skin, urinary tract, as well as the gums and mouth.
- Wounds that heal slowly (especially in the legs).
Poor blood circulation and nerve damage caused by diabetes cause the body’s healing process becomes very slow and difficult, especially in the legs. The small laceration on foot easily become wound infection, which if not handled properly will be more severe and wide.
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet.
High blood sugar levels can cause damage to the nervous system and result in numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet. This condition is called neuropathy. These symptoms usually appear after several years of having diabetes.