Diabetes – Symptoms

So what should you watch for with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?
All complications can hit anyone that has the disease.

Here is a list of potential complications:

vision problems, blindness, gum disease, heart attacks, heart disease, eating disorders, depression, weight gain, weight loss, excessive thirst, nerve damage, renal failure, circulation problems, and amputation.

If none of those is bad enough, diabetic coma is a severe complication.
The final one is death.
Which one do you want to experience?
If you know better, the answer is none.

The symptoms of type 2 diabetes often do not appear for years. They build gradually and don’t become apparent until they reach critical levels. If you have a family history of diabetes or are severely overweight, be on the lookout for these symptoms. The first one to consider is frequent urination and increased thirst. Your body automatically flushes the excess glucose out through the urine. As the glucose builds, the kidneys increase the amounts of urine to keep up. Urination requires fluids. The kidneys begin drawing on the body cells to keep the fluid levels up. This causes the increased thirst and the increased urges to urinate.

Another symptom set of type 2 diabetes is increased hunger and unexplained weight loss. Glucose is a major energy source cells use. They use insulin to convert the glucose into energy. With cells not converting the glucose efficiently, the cells call for more energy in the form of food. This triggers the increased hunger needs. Now, on the other hand, no matter how much extra you eat, your body’s cells are not getting the energy and nutrients they need. That triggers them to look elsewhere for energy. They begin to draw on the body’s stored fat for energy. They also can draw on the muscle cells. This begins an unexplained drop in weight.

As the body begins to deal with the excess glucose and lost energy, it begins to affect other parts of the body. With type 2 diabetes, common symptoms include fatigue, blurred vision, sores that heal slowly, and more infections than normal. As the cells fight to get energy, it causes a person to feel depleted and tired. As the kidneys draw on the body’s fluids for urination, it depletes the amount of fluids in the eyes. This can lead to blurry vision. The fight for energy makes the body’s immune system begin to diminish. A small sore can take weeks to heal due to the depressed immunity. It also lets small common infections get out of control.

A common symptom that type 2 diabetes patients report are velvety dark skin patches in the folds of the body under the arm, in the groin area and around the neck. These patches go by the name of acanthosis nigricans. It is actually a marker to physicians that something may be wrong in the body. Keep your eye out for these symptoms to catch the disease before it becomes critical.

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