Early Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

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Worried about having diabetes, but don’t know how to identify if you have it? Well, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report, “Nearly 1 in 4 four adults living with diabetes – 7.2 million Americans – didn’t know they had the condition.” You don’t need to worry, as there are some quick ways of identifying if you are in line to have diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose) which is an important source of energy for the cells in your body. 

There are some early symptoms of diabetes you can look out for to catch it at an initial stage! While on one hand there are mild warning signs of diabetes type 2 wherein a person doesn’t notice them during their initial stages until they get problems from long-term damage caused by the disease. On the other hand, with type 1 diabetes, the symptoms usually happen in a matter of days or a few weeks. They’re much more severe, too. Yet, both types of diabetes have some warning signs that are similar to each other. According to American Diabetes Association (ADA) some of the common symptoms of diabetes are:

  • Urinating frequently
  • Feeling extremely thirsty
  • Feeling extremely hungry
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

Symptoms which indicate type 1 diabetes:

Extreme weight loss: When you can’t get energy from the food you consume, your body will start burning muscle and fat for energy instead, which makes you lose indefinite weight.

Nausea and vomiting: When your body resorts to burning fat, it generates ketones which can build up in your blood. A life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis which makes you feel nauseated. 

Symptoms which indicate type 2 diabetes:

Yeast infections: Yeast feeds on glucose, so having plenty of glucose in your blood makes it thrive more. 

Slow-healing of cuts/bruises: High blood sugar affects your blood flow, causing nerve damage which makes it hard for your body to heal cuts and wounds.

Pain or numbness: You may experience tingling pain or numbness in your feet or legs which is just another cause of nerve damage.

Although, identifying these first signs of diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean that you have it, you should definitely contact your general physician, just to make sure. It is always wise to detect and start treating diabetes at an early stage, which not only decreases the risk of developing complications of diabetes but also gives you a chance to reverse the damages!