- by Dr. Surjit Pal Singh
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- Apr 05 2017
Signs and symptoms of diabetes
Are you concerned that you, your children or someone you know, might have diabetes? Having some of the signs of diabetes does not mean you certainly have the disorder, but you should always contact your physician, just to make sure.
The common symptoms of diabetes
Cuts and wounds take longer to heal
Genital itching or thrush
Losing weight without trying to
Feeling more tired than usual
Being really thirsty
Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night
Although the large number of population with Type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood, the signs are the same at any age.
Adults identified with Type 1 diabetes may not know their symptoms as fast as children, which in turn will prove harmful as diagnosis then treatment may be delayed. Excessive levels of glucose being passed in the urine are an ideal breeding ground for the fungal infection which stimulates thrush.
Why do these symptoms occur?
The glucose stays in the blood, and is not being used as fuel for energy; therefore these symptoms occur are seen. The body tries to lower blood glucose levels by flushing the surplus glucose out of the body in the urine.
What happens if the signs of diabetes are ignored?
Symptoms can often appear quite quickly and so, it is hard to disregard the signs of Type 1 diabetes. But there can be serious health problems like diabetic ketoacidosis, which may result in a possible fatal coma if left untreated.
Type 2 diabetes will not be difficult to miss as it spreads or evolves more slowly, especially in the initial stages when it can be difficult to spot the symptoms. But untreated diabetes affects many important organs, including your blood vessels, heart, nerves, kidneys and eyes. Being rectified early and managing your blood sugar levels can help prevent these complexities, so check your risk here.
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