Identify The Common Diabetes Symptoms

It is not surprising how easy it is to misread common diabetes symptoms, as the body has only so many mechanisms to tell you that something isn’t right. This, combined with a lack of general education about the signs of diabetes, can mean that pre-diabetes warning signs can be passed off as symptoms of a passing cold or flu. If you ignore the early signs and you miss preventive care, you can become an insulin-dependent diabetic.

Common Symptoms

Diabetes SymptomsDiabetes affects your body’s ability to produce and process insulin, which is responsible for carrying sugar in your bloodstream into muscle cells where it is converted to energy. Without sufficient levels of insulin, the sugar remains in the blood stream, which is why most symptoms start with high blood sugar levels. Other symptoms of diabetes mellitus that affect all three major types are:

  • Extreme tiredness – This is one of the biggest early indicators that your cells aren’t getting enough sugar, but can often be blamed on doing lots of exercise, an increased work pattern or running a family home. You should see your health care professional if you feel exhausted on days when you have not done anything active.
  • Weight loss – Again, many people will notice themselves getting thinner and attribute it to an improved diet or the new exercise regime they started. Weight loss, and in particular dramatic weight loss, is one of the biggest diabetes symptoms as it represents your body breaking down fat cells to replace the energy that should come from your blood sugars.

Diabetes and Symptoms – Type I

Most often children but occasionally adults are diagnosed with Type I diabetes, also known as juvenile onset diabetes, when the pancreas stops producing insulin entirely. The fact that young children are afflicted makes it difficult to diagnose, as they do not have a full understanding of what their bodies should and should not feel like. However, symptons of diabetes – juvenile onset include:

  • Extreme or constant thirst – High blood sugar levels cause water to be removed from your muscles through osmosis, for which your body tries to overcompensate by stimulating the feeling of thirst. A normal person will drink from one and a half to three liters of water per day. Anything more than that is one of the diabetes symptoms, and you should see a doctor immediately.
  • Extreme hunger – Your body interprets the feeling of fatigue as a sign that you are not eating enough calories to put enough sugar into your blood stream. The big warning sign is if you still feel hungry after you eat, as this shows that you are not processing the calories efficiently.

Specific Type II Symptoms

Specific Type II SymptomsHyperglycemia symptoms – Type II stem from high blood sugar levels. Anyone at any stage in his or her life can contract Type II diabetes, and in many cases, sufferers will have no noticeable symptoms. However, if you have any of the previously mentioned symptoms and any of the following, you should make an appointment with a health care professional immediately:

  • Blurred vision – The removal of water from the body affects all sorts of tissues. Your irises in particular are affected and the lack of water in your eye can affect your ability to focus on objects.
  • Pain in your hands and feet – The reason why your hands and feet get cold first is that they are the hardest places for your body to circulate blood effectively. They start to hurt, if you have Type II diabetes, as they will be getting no sugar at all to convert into energy.

Gestational diabetes symptoms are often a new occurrence for pregnant moms. Watch the video below:

Gestational Diabetes Symptoms

Gestational diabetes is a form of Type II diabetes that affects only a small minority of pregnant women. The specific diabetes symptoms are hard to identify, as the early onset symptoms of pregnancy can often mask those of diabetes. It will always be worth being tested, as while gestational diabetes will often go away once the baby is born, it can leave you more susceptible to Type II in the future.

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