Detect The Early Symptoms Of Diabetes

Early symptoms diabetes can be misleading because at first glance, the symptoms can be mistaken for simple hunger or tiredness when it can already mean the onset of diabetes. When it comes to diabetes and controlling the disease, it is important to know what the signs and symptoms are as early detection of the disease can be medically beneficial to you.

Early Detection through Signs and Symptoms

Early Symptoms DiabetesDiabetes is undetected because the earliest signs are usually harmless and each type of diabetes has it own signs and symptoms. Type I diabetes occurs at any age but most often occurs in children, teenagers or young adults, this type of diabetes produces little or no insulin and it is referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes with such symptoms as:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Hunger pangs
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability

Type II diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, it occurs in adults and it is one of the most undetected types of diabetes. Many individuals do not know they have this disease, but early symptoms diabetes of this type include:

  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Blurring of vision
  • Bruises and cuts that are slow to heal
  • Tingling sensation of the hands and feet
  • Numbness of the hands and feet
  • Recurring infections of the gum, bladder, and skin
  • Any of the symptoms of Type I Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is elevated blood sugar that occurs during pregnancy. The woman does not have to be a diabetic prior to the pregnancy, and the symptoms are:

  • Increased pregnancy weight beyond normal expectations
  • Increased fetal size and weight
  • Elevated blood sugar levels

Missed Diagnosis

Missed DiagnosisEarly symptoms diabetes seem harmless, to unsuspecting individuals as they are explained away:

  • Symptoms such as excessive thirst can be an indication of dehydration.
  • Symptoms of increased urination can be a sign of a urinary tract infection.
  • Symptoms of excessive hunger can simply be mistaken as an increase in appetite.

The unsuspecting person brushes off the early symptoms diabetes of this type, setting the course of the late detection, late treatment and late control of the disease.

Confirming the Symptoms

When one or more of these symptoms are present, testing is the way to confirm or dismiss a diagnosis. Rather than jumping to conclusions, several tests are done to confirm the presence of the disease including:

  • Home testing kits – Glucometers or urine test kits are available for purchase in pharmacies and help detect the presence and amount of sugar in the body. Glucometers assign a numeric value to the amount of blood sugar in the body, whereas urine test kits detect the presence of sugar in the body. These kits are easy to use and are a good start towards an accurate diagnosis.
  • Fasting blood glucose – This diagnostic test requires fasting for six to eight hours and the person has his or her blood drawn and measured for blood sugar levels during the period of fasting.* Random blood glucose – This test does not require fasting and checks blood sugar levels various times during the day.
  • Oral glucose challenge – This test is done for pregnant woman, who takes a dose of oral glucose and then blood sugar levels are checked an hour later.
  • HbA1c – This refers to glycated hemoglobin and indicates the level of blood sugar in the body over the past two to three months. This is the most accurate test for testing blood sugar levels.

Elevated results from all types of tests will confirm that the individual is a diabetic. At this point, treatment can begin as ordered by the physician. It is never safe to attempt treating diabetes at home without consulting a physician. Diabetes cases are different from individual to individual and the course of treatment offered to one diabetic may not be recommended for another. Being able to detect early symptoms diabetes can mean a quality of life, if not a life and death, difference for many individuals.



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