Early diabetes symptoms

Diabetes is a metabolism disorder. Metabolism is a way for the body to use the digested food to help our body grow and to give us energy.

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The food we eat is broken down into glucose which fuels our body. The glucose is digested into our blood stream and this is what our body uses for growth and energy. In order for this to happen, insulin has to be present. Insulin is a hormone excreted by the pancreas.

The pancreas produces the right amount of insulin to help control and move the glucose from the blood to the cells. Patients with diabetes, their pancreas produces little or no insulin at all or perhaps the cells are not responding to the insulin produced. With this, the glucose builds up in the blood, it overflows and is passed in the urine thus the body loses the main source of fuel.

Some of the early diabetes symptoms go unnoticed or undiagnosed since they often seem harmless like: excessive thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, exhaustion or increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision.

Early diabetes symptoms could also be known as Prediabetes which is essentially a warning sign that you are at risk of developing diabetes 2. Prediabetes is a silent condition and shows no symptoms. A risk factor could be obesity and lack of exercise could put you on a higher risk to develop prediabetes.

Because early diabetes symptoms are so few often it goes unnoticed or ignored not because the patient is in denial or is afraid to know but mainly because they may not be aware that it is an early diabetes symptom. That said the damage may have already been done to the kidneys and the cardiovascular system even before the patient notices any symptoms. The early diabetes symptoms include, as those already mentioned: dry, itchy skin, bruises or sores that heal slowly, unusual fatigue or drowsiness, tingling of the hands or feet or numbness of the hands or feet, even recurring infections of the skin, gums, bladder or vaginal yeast. If you have these conditions and they are out of the ordinary, occurring frequently – go to your doctor and explain these unusual symptoms.

Who is at risk and how would you know if you are at risk? First of, if you are older than 45 years old; overweight or obese; you don’t include exercise in your lifestyle; family medical history, meaning if your parent, brother or sister has diabetes you are more likely to develop the same, giving birth to a baby that weighs more than 9 lbs may mean you may have acquired gestational diabetes, your race plays a role too – African American, Asian American, American Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander.

If you have more than 1 of the listed risk factors, be sure to talk to your doctor about diabetes and ask for a screening for diabetes. If you have any more than 1 of the risk factors, the screening for early diabetes symptoms may be done at a younger age.

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