Diabetes is one of the most commonly diagnosed diseases in the world. If not diagnosed and treated early, diabetes can lead to complications including organ failure and even death. Unfortunately, diabetic symptoms are often overlooked as nothing more than a minor occurrence, if they are noticed at all.
The good news is that diabetes is treatable, and recent advancements in medical technology have made treatment easier than ever. However, before diabetes can be controlled it has to be detected, and the best way for early detection is to be on the lookout for some of the most commonly overlooked signs of the early stages of diabetes.
- Increased Thirst & Frequent Urination – excess sugar in your bloodstream causes fluid to be pulled from the tissues in your body. In an effort to compensate for this loss, you will often drink more liquid than usual and thus urinate more frequently.
- Constant Hunger – Insulin moves glucose from your bloodstream to your body’s cells. If your body lacks sufficient insulin to carry the glucose, your body becomes depleted of the energy it needs to function. This perceived lack of energy causes hunger pangs.
- Weight Loss – Even though you may be eating more due to increased hunger, diabetes can actually cause you to lose weight. In rare cases, it is not unheard of for muscles and fat stores to shrink because of a lack of energy providing sugars. A sudden drop in weight may be an indication of diabetes.
- Fatigue – Glucose provides your body with the energy needed to function and stay alert. If you do not have sufficient insulin to transport glucose to muscle tissues you may begin to feel fatigued.
- Blurred Vision – When blood sugar levels are too high, it is possible for your body to take fluid from tissues. On occasion, your body may absorb the fluid in your eye’s lenses and affect your vision and ability to focus.
- Slow Healing – Slowly healing injuries or infections may be a sign of Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes inhibits your immune system and the body’s ability to heal itself.
The above list is just a few of the commonly overlooked signs that indicate trouble may be brewing. Most the early signs and symptoms of diabetes are common enough that they are easy to overlook or attribute to something else; however, by taking the time to notice the small things now, you may be able to get your diabetes under control and avoid problems down the road.