Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that affect people worldwide. It is a condition characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body's inability to produce or effectively use insulin. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and blindness.
Early detection of diabetes is crucial for effective management and prevention of complications. In line with a health publication from HEALTHLINE, we will discuss ten early signs of diabetes that you should be aware of.
Increased thirst and urination: One of the earliest signs of diabetes is an increased thirst and urination. The high blood sugar levels cause the kidneys to work harder to filter and absorb excess glucose, leading to frequent urination. This, in turn, can cause dehydration and increased thirst.
Unexplained weight loss: If you are losing weight without trying, it could be a sign of diabetes. The body starts breaking down fat and muscle tissue for energy when it doesn't get enough glucose due to insulin deficiency.
Increased hunger: People with diabetes may experience increased hunger even after eating. This is because the body is unable to utilize glucose properly, and the cells are starved of energy.
Fatigue: Diabetes can make you feel tired and fatigued due to the body's inability to effectively convert glucose into energy.
Blurred vision: High blood sugar levels can cause fluid to be pulled from the lenses of the eyes, causing blurred vision. This symptom usually resolves once blood sugar levels are brought under control.
Slow-healing wounds: High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and nerves, leading to poor circulation and delayed wound healing.
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet: Diabetes can cause nerve damage, leading to numbness, tingling, or a burning sensation in the hands and feet.
Dry skin: High blood sugar levels can cause skin to become dry and itchy, leading to skin infections.
Frequent infections: People with diabetes are more susceptible to infections due to high blood sugar levels weakening the immune system.
Mood swings: Diabetes can cause mood swings, irritability, and difficulty concentrating due to fluctuating blood sugar levels affecting brain function.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Early detection and management of diabetes can prevent complications and improve quality of life.
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