Early signs of diabetes you should watch out for

Early signs of diabetes you should watch out for

Diabetes is a sneaky disease and is often diagnosed at a later stage. Watch out for these early signs of diabetes.

1 out of 3 people in America is suffering from Diabetes and they don’t even know it. Poor eating habits, lack of physical activity or eating too much sugar can lead to diabetes. Diabetes can also be transferred genetically from a parent to their offspring.

Eating excessive sugar can cause diabetes (Pixabay)
Eating excessive sugar can cause diabetes (Pixabay)

Diabetes is a sneaky disease and often hard to diagnose in the early stages. Diabetes is one of the most common diseases out there and a very hard one to put a check on. But, diabetes when diagnosed early, is much easier to control as to when compared to the later stages.

Diabetes, when diagnosed earlier, is easy to manage (Pixabay)
Diabetes, when diagnosed earlier, is easy to manage (Pixabay)

Some early signs of diabetes are:

1. Frequent urination

Using the washroom way too frequently is one of the earliest and most common signs of diabetes. On an average, a person urinates about 4-7 times a day. If you’re using the toilet more often than that, you may have diabetes.

Using the toilet often is a sign of diabetes (Pixabay)
Using the toilet often is a sign of diabetes (Pixabay)

Frequent urination occurs when your kidneys work super hard to get rid of the excess sugar in your body and hence you urinate more often than usual. If you’re urinating frequently, get your sugar levels checked and consult a doctor immediately.

Get yourself checked (Pexels)
Get yourself checked (Pexels)

2. Fatigue

Feeling tired and exhausted all the time for no good reason can be a sign of diabetes. Restlessness and fatigue are early signs of diabetes. Untreated or neglected diabetes causes your kidneys to work way too hard to get rid of the excess sugar in the body which makes you feel tired.

Feeling tired all the time is a sign (Pexels)
Feeling tired all the time is a sign (Pexels)

The extra sugar in your body keeps the cells in your body from getting the energy they require to work properly and hence a person with diabetes feels lethargic most of the time. Frequent urination also makes the body tired.

Frequent urination makes the body weak (Pixabay)
Frequent urination makes the body weak (Pixabay)

3. Numbness

A numbing sensation in your feet or hands or a feeling of pins and needles in your palms or feet is an early sign of diabetes. People suffering from diabetes feel a numbing or burning sensation as the excess sugar in the body starts to damage the nerves in your body.

Numb hands or feet is a sign of diabetes (Pexels)
Numb hands or feet is a sign of diabetes (Pexels)

But, numbness is also caused because of a low bp or lack of vitamins in the body. The best thing you can do is get yourself tested and checked to see what is really wrong with your body. Consult a doctor immediately.

Consult a doctor (Pexels)
Consult a doctor (Pexels)

4. Blurred vision

A blurry or unclear vision is one of the early signs of diabetes. A sudden blurriness in the vision or seeing tiny white particles, commonly known as “eye floaters” frequently can be a sign of diabetes. If you are having such a problem, please consult a doctor.

A blurry vision can be caused because of diabetes (Pexels)
A blurry vision can be caused because of diabetes (Pexels)

A blurry vision is caused because of diabetes as the excess sugar in your body absorbs your bodily fluids, including the fluids in your lens which makes your eye blurry as your eyes are unable to focus properly. Hydrate your body and consult a doctor.

Hydrate your body (Pexels)
Hydrate your body (Pexels)

5. Slow healing

When you get a paper cut, does it take a lot of time for it to heal? Slow healing of bruises and wounds is a sign of diabetes. Untreated diabetes or neglected diabetes makes the arteries and veins in our body weak which slows down the circulation of blood in our body.

Slow healing is a sign of diabetes (Pixabay)
Slow healing is a sign of diabetes (Pixabay)

A slowed down the circulation of blood affects our body in many ways and our body becomes weak and as a result of the body processes, including healing, slow down. Because of improper blood circulation, our cells don’t receive the required blood and we heal slowly.

Improper blood flow affects our healing process (Pixabay)
Improper blood flow affects our healing process (Pixabay)

6. Constant hunger

Feeling constantly hungry, right after eating a meal can be an early sign of diabetes. People suffering from diabetes feel hungry all the time as a lot of energy is required by the body to break down the excessive sugar present in the body.

Always feeling hungry is a sign of diabetes (iStock)
Always feeling hungry is a sign of diabetes (iStock)

7. Itchy skin

Your skin might become itchy or dry if you are in an early stage of diabetes. This happens due to the excess of sugar in your body. You may also start to notice darkened armpits or a dark neck area. This is caused by high sugar levels and hormones imbalance.

Dry skin and itchiness is a sign of diabetes (iStock)
Dry skin and itchiness is a sign of diabetes (iStock)

8. Thirst

Drinking a lot of water isn't harmful, it is in fact very good for your body. But, if you constantly feel thirsty, despite drinking adequate water, it is a sign you may have diabetes. If you're constantly thirsty, please consider consulting a doctor. People with diabetes tend to urinate a lot which makes them drink a lot of water.

People with diabetes feel thirsty all the time (Pixabay)
People with diabetes feel thirsty all the time (Pixabay)

If you have any of the above signs, please consult a doctor immediately. The increased sugar level in the body can affect your body in many ways when left untreated. The earlier diabetes is diagnosed, the better. It is easier to control diabetes at an early stage than later.

Get yourself checked (Pixabay)
Get yourself checked (Pixabay)

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