With almost 16 Million people already diagnosed with diabetes, this disease is becoming a big problem here in America. The most common type of diabetes is Type II. There are some early signs of diabetes that you should be aware of, especially if you are someone who is more at risk for developing diabetes.
With type II diabetes, the pancreas can make insulin, it just isn’t enough, or the body cannot use it well enough as someone has become “insulin resistant”. The job of insulin is basically to bind to sugar and use it for energy in the cells and get it the heck out of your blood stream. If there is a problem with your insulin, and such is the case with diabetes, all that sugar is going to stay in your blood, and you will eventually pee it out. (hence people with uncontrolled diabetes often have sweet smelling urine). In the meantime, your cells are missing vital energy they need to function, and the high sugar levels in your blood can wreak havoc on your body as well. These blood sugar levels can lead to small vessel damage, affecting your eyes, kidneys, and hardening your blood vessels. It will also cause an increase in urination, and dehydrate you as your body is constantly “peeing out” all those sugars.
So what are the early signs of diabetes that you should look out for? If you experience some of these symptoms below on more than one occasion you should call your doctor and schedule a glucose test. Many people in pre-diabetes state can reverse their risk simply by changing their eating and exercise habits. Check out these warning signs below:
- Increase in thirst/ dry cotton mouth
- Frequent urination/sweet smelling uring
- Increased hunger, even after eating
- Feeling fatigued, weak, or tired
- Recurrent candidal vaginitis
- Impaired fasting glucose
Signs That Typically Show Up Later In the Disease:
- Blurry vision
- Cuts or bruises that are slow healing
- Tingling pain or numbness in the hands and feet
- Impaired renal (kidney) function
Check out our other article on risk factors for diabetes and see what puts you at risk for developing this disease.