Symptoms of Diabetes

According to 2012 statistics of diabetic patients, approximately ninety percent of the twenty-four million people that have diabetes in the United States have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes type 2 is the most common type of metabolic disease affecting people around the world. The common culprit of diabetes is elevated blood sugar levels, which can be caused by a number of different reasons. It’s important for people to be aware of the different symptoms of diabetes, in the event that it strikes them or someone they know.blurred vision

There are several noticeable symptoms of diabetes, however there are also some that aren’t as evident. Type 2 diabetes is sometimes referred to as the silent killer, because it can be quite easy to miss. The most effective way to know whether you have diabetes is to have a blood test done. However, keep the following symptoms of diabetes in mind so that you know what to look out for.

  • Increased Thirst/Increased Urination – It makes sense that these two symptoms of diabetes go hand in hand. This is a common occurrence among those who have diabetes because the liver works harder to get rid of the glucose content in the body. During the process, the body releases a lot of fluid and this in turn causes you to feel very thirsty.
  • Weight Loss – One of the reasons for weight loss in someone who has diabetes is the high blood sugar level. The insulin is responsible for converting the glucose to energy, but when this does not happen, it causes your body to starve of energy. The effect of this is the body breaking down your muscles to gain protein to use as a source of energy. Hunger is also one of the common symptoms of diabetes.
  • Prolonged Healing – When there is a substantial amount of glucose in your bloodstream, it causes slow healing. If you notice that your cuts, bruises and infections are taking longer than usual to heal, it could suggest increased blood sugar levels. Blood vessels can essentially be damaged due to a high blood sugar level.
  • Increased Fatigue – When there is a lack of energy in the body, most will experience fatigue and irritability. It is one of the main symptoms of diabetes and is noticeable among most patients. There is also a lot more strain on the liver, causing you to go to the bathroom far more frequently.
  • Blurry Vision – High blood glucose levels have been known to cause blurry vision in most people. Once the blood glucose level has been lowered, the blurry vision will correct itself, but it is something that should be checked out. In those with elevated blood glucose levels, blurry vision will mean seeing floaters and having a distorted eye sight.

 

Mentioned above are the common symptoms of diabetes, as others include yeast infections, skin conditions, tingling and numbness in the various extremities of the body. If you experience any of these signs, it is very important to seek the advice of your family doctor.