Recognize The Beginning Signs Of Diabetes

For many people the beginning signs of diabetes are not always easily identifiable. Diabetes is a serious condition, but luckily, it is controllable. With proper attention to diet, exercise and some lifestyle changes after the diagnosis, it is possible to live a long and healthy life. Some of the earliest symptoms are similar for all types of the disease, that is type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

Recognizing the Signs of Diabetes

Even without a family medical history or any conditions that predispose you to the disease, it is good to know the beginning signs of diabetes, just in case. The main things that may indicate the presence of the disease are:

  • More frequent need to urinate: Often the first indication that something is wrong, excessive urination is due to the inability of the body to process the excess glucose in the blood as insulin levels fall.
  • Constant thirst: This is a response to the frequent urination as the body works to replenish the water it is losing.
  • Extreme hunger: The body’s response to the low levels of insulin in the blood is to send a signal that you are hungry since your energy levels are so low.Tingling in hands and feet: The condition can lead to nerve damage which is the main reason for the numbness and tingling often experienced by people with the condition.
  • Unexplained weight loss: In response low energy levels, the body begins to use its store of both fat and muscle in an attempt to get the energy it is lacking.
  • Always feeling tired: Glucose works with the cells in the body to create energy. When this process cannot happen due to low or nonexistent glucose, tiredness sets in.

Other telltale beginning signs of diabetes include vision problems, itchy skin, depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction in men and frequent yeast infections in women. Knowing these is not enough however, and depending on the diagnosis, your healthcare professional will recommend a course of action.

Treatment Options for Early Stage Diabetes

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The severity of the condition dictates the treatment regimen. If your doctor suspects that you have the disease, glucose tolerance tests are necessary for confirmation. For some people, insulin injections are not necessary if the disease is in its early stages. Generally, in the early stage, the treatment options are:

  • Dietary changes: This is an important first step in treating and controlling this condition, even in the early stages. Dietary changes include limiting the quantity and types of food eaten and the frequency of meals. Ultimately, a balanced diet is key to control the disease.
  • Exercise: This is not only for maintaining a healthy weight, but also helps in keeping active and healthy.
  • Medication: This can be in the form of tablets or injections. Tablets are usually helpful in the early stages, however, when the condition is severe the only way to manage the disease is by taking insulin shots. Medication is the only way to manage the type 1 form of the condition, however, type 2 and gestational diabetes can be managed with diet and exercise depending on the severity before being diagnosed.

It is important to know that the beginning signs of diabetes are not a death sentence. It is a warning to take control of your health. This is also dependent on learning as much as you can about your condition. Since treatment options continue to improve, it is important to keep abreast of these changes so you can discuss them with your doctor.

Now that you know how to recognize the beginning signs of diabetes, and what to do to remain healthy, you are in a position to do something about this condition. Early diagnosis and treatment options, even if it is just lifestyle changes, can make a big difference in how the disease progresses.



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