Diabetes mellitus is a condition characterized by difficulties in converting sugar from food into energy. During digestion, carbohydrates and sugars in your diet are converted into glucose. This glucose is then transported through your blood vessels to provide energy for your cells. Insulin, a hormone produced by the body, helps in the metabolism of glucose. However, inadequate insulin production or insulin resistance can hinder the absorption of glucose by cells, leading to higher-than-normal blood sugar levels.
According to healthline it is important not to ignore the following warning signs of diabetes:
1. Frequent urination
High blood sugar levels in diabetes require the kidneys to work harder to eliminate excess sugar from the blood. This can result in increased urination, especially during the night, as your kidneys struggle to keep up with the sugar removal, causing sugar to be excreted in the urine.
2. Poor vision
Elevated blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the eyes, leading to blurry vision in one or both eyes. Neglecting this symptom can result in severe consequences, including irreversible damage and blindness.
3. Slow healing cuts and wounds
High blood sugar levels can impede blood flow and damage nerves and blood vessels, affecting the proper healing of cuts and wounds. Poor circulation prevents essential nutrients and oxygen from reaching the affected area, prolonging the healing process and increasing the risk of infection.
4. Constant hunger
When you have diabetes, your cells cannot effectively absorb glucose from the food you eat, leading to insufficient energy supply. As a result, your body constantly craves fuel, and you may experience persistent hunger even after eating.
5. Increased thirst
Excessive thirst can occur as a result of dehydration caused by frequent urination in prediabetes. When the body tries to flush out the extra sugar through urine, water is diverted, leading to inadequate hydration for various bodily functions. This can result in feelings of dehydration and an increased need for water.
6. Persistent tingling or numbness in the hands
High blood sugar levels can damage small nerves, a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. Even individuals without diabetes can experience this disorder. The most noticeable symptom is a burning, tingling, or numb sensation in the fingers and toes. If left untreated, diabetic neuropathy can progress to more serious complications such as Charcot foot and foot ulcers, potentially leading to amputation in severe cases.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis. Early detection and management of diabetes can significantly improve outcomes and prevent complications.
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