Diabetes Symptoms Quiz

Taking a diabetes symptoms quiz can give you a quick indication of whether you are suffering from possible pre-diabetes or full-blown diabetes. However, the only guaranteed method for determining the presence of abnormally high glucose levels is to have blood and urine tested for diabetes as part of a full physical examination by a physician.

Risk Factors

Before taking a diabetes symptoms quiz, you should be aware that certain risk factors make it more likely that you may be predisposed to development of diabetes:

  • Family history of diabetes
  • Asian-American, African-American, Hispanic or Native American ethnicity
  • Age greater than 45
  • History of gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
  • Overweight or obese condition
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Hypertension
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • In women, polycystic ovary syndrome
  • In men, hypogonadism

Some of these risk factors are modifiable while others, such as ethnicity and heredity, cannot be changed. For individuals with permanent risk factors, keeping vigilant regarding weight management, maintaining regular exercise and avoiding smoking and drinking will considerably lower the probability that a diabetic condition will arise in the future.

Diabetes Symptoms Quiz

Diabetes Symptoms Quiz

Answering “yes” to most of these questions may indicate you have diabetes and need to visit your doctor for further testing:

  • Do you suffer from excessive thirst that you cannot seem to quench, even after drinking plenty of fluids?
  • Do you feel the need to urinate frequently, even when you have not drunk as much as usual?
  • Have you noticed your appetite steadily increasing?
  • Do you crave sugary foods?
  • Do you feel fatigued, often for no reason?
  • Do your feet and hands often tingle or feel numb?
  • Have you experienced blurred vision or other vision problems?
  • Have you noticed that bruises and wounds heal very slowly, sometimes taking weeks for a simple cut that should have healed in two or three days?
  • Are you experiencing unusually frequent urinary tract infections?
  • For men, have you had problems with impotence?
  • For women, have you had to deal with yeast infections that do not go away with treatment?
  • Have you occasionally felt nauseated for no reason?

Besides responding to the questions in this diabetes symptoms quiz, you also need to know that diabetes, or hyperglycemia, may also arise under certain physiological and psychological conditions that your physician will discover through an examination or testing:

  • Physiological stress due to surgery or other illnesses may alter glucose production. When the body suffers severe trauma, it may respond by reducing insulin and elevating glucose levels, which generates an inflammatory condition.
  • Chronic mental stress may cause continual activation of the HPA axis. This in turn causes immediate release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are conducive to high blood glucose levels.
  • Medications treating high cholesterol, depression, water retention, hypertension and HIV/AIDS may create a diabetic state within the body
  • If you suffer from liver disease, your malfunctioning liver cannot process glycogen normally, which results in excess glucose in the blood.
  • Obesity—being more than 30 pounds overweight—interferes with the body’s ability to use insulin. This causes insulin resistance, which can create hyperglycemic blood states. Simply losing weight will relieve insulin resistance caused by excess adipose tissue

If you have answered “yes” to most questions in the diabetes symptoms quiz, consider visiting your doctor as soon as possible. You will probably be scheduled that day for a physical examination and blood test to determine whether you actually have diabetes. Laboratory tests for diabetes take only a few hours, and treatment can begin immediately. Your doctor or diabetes educator will explain what to expect with diabetes and how to control the condition, and will instruct you on how to administer insulin injections if diagnosis finds that you have Type 1 diabetes. Depending on the severity of the diabetes, you may need daily oral medication, and you should begin a diabetic diet and integrate more physical activity into your daily routine as well.

 

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