Friday, 27 July 2012



Frequent trips to the bathroom:  Are you going to the bathroom much more lately? Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much sugar in the blood.  If insulin is nonexistent or ineffective, the kidneys can't filter enough glucose back to the blood. They have to draw extra water out of the blood to dilute the glucose. This keeps your bladder full and it keeps you running to the bathroom.

Persistent Thirst:  This was the sign that I first noticed in my own diabetes.  I should have gone to the doctor right away, but I did not.  Don't be foolish.  Your thirst could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go with frequent urination. Your body is pulling extra water out of your blood and you're burying to the bathroom more, you are becoming dehydrated and feel the need to drink more to replace the water.

Weight Loss:  This symptom is more noticeable with Type 1 diabetes. In Type 1, the body often attacks the insulin producing cells. The body looks for an energy source because the cells aren't getting glucose. It starts to break down muscle tissue and fat for energy. However, it also affects type 2 with gradually increasing insulin resistance.

Weakness and Fatigue:  It's all about that glucose again. Glucose from the food we eat travels into the bloodstream where insulin helps it transfer into the cells of our body. The cells use it to produce the energy we need to live. When the insulin isn't there you feel sluggish.  Or if the cells don't react to it anymore, then the glucose stays outside the cells in the bloodstream. The cells become energy starved, tired and run down.

Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet:  Also called neuropathy. It occurs gradually over time as consistently high glucose in the blood damages the nervous system, especially in the extremities. Type 2 diabetes is a gradual onset, and people are often not aware that they have it. Therefore, blood sugar might have been high for more than a few years before a diagnosis is made. Nerve damage creeps up without our knowledge. Neuropathy can very often improve when tighter blood glucose control is achieved.

The above are the major warning signs but there are also many other.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For pre-diabetes these signs  are very subtle.  They can slip up on you.  Consult any suspensions with your doctor and have your sugar levels checked!

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