Diabetes is a chronic medical condition characterized by high blood sugar levels. It occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin or use it properly. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, nerve damage, and kidney damage. Therefore, it is essential to detect diabetes at an early stage to prevent its complications. In this article, we will discuss the early signs of diabetes that are noticeable in the body.
1. Increased thirst and urination
According to WebMD. One of the earliest signs of diabetes is increased thirst and urination. High blood sugar levels cause the kidneys to work harder to filter the excess sugar, leading to increased urination. This can cause dehydration, which triggers thirst. If you find yourself constantly thirsty and needing to urinate more often than usual, it is time to get your blood sugar levels checked.
2. Unexplained weight loss
Unexplained weight loss is another early sign of diabetes. High blood sugar levels can cause the body to break down fat and muscle for energy. This leads to weight loss despite eating normally. If you have lost weight without trying or have experienced sudden weight loss, it is a cause for concern and should be investigated.
People with diabetes often feel fatigued, especially after eating. This occurs because the body is unable to use glucose effectively, which leads to a lack of energy. Fatigue is a common symptom of diabetes, and if you find yourself feeling tired despite getting enough sleep, it is worth checking your blood sugar levels.
4. Blurry vision
High blood sugar levels can cause changes in the lens of the eye, leading to blurry vision. This occurs when excess sugar in the blood causes the fluid in the lens to be pulled out of the cells, causing the lens to swell. If you experience sudden changes in your vision, it is important to get your blood sugar levels checked.
5. Slow healing wounds
Diabetes can also affect the body's ability to heal wounds. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and nerves, reducing blood flow and sensation to the affected area. This can cause slow healing wounds and increase the risk of infection. If you have a wound that is not healing, it is worth getting checked for diabetes.
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