When the ability of our body to respond to or produce insulin is disturbed, high blood sugar appears. People even find the first symptoms to be insignificant. If diabetes is left untreated, it will lead to an unhealthy life, but also decrease the life expectancy. It is extremely important to diagnose this disease on time.
Here, we’re going to present you some of the most common early signs diabetes will show you so that you can treat it on time.
Increased urination and thirst
Urinating frequently e.g. polyuria and increased thirst e.g. polydipsia are the most common signs of diabetes. The kidneys can’t absorb the excess of sugar from the body, so it takes fluids from any tissue and goes in your urine. You feel the urge to urinate often and you also feel dehydrated after a while. You just drink more and more water and urinate all the time.
Averagely, we urinate from 6 to 7 times every day. If a person is healthy, they can also urinate for 4 times, but everything above 10 times is too much.
The need to eat a lot is called polyphagia. It is also a sign of diabetes. Your body won’t be able to convert the food you eat into glucose if it doesn’t produce enough insulin. In that way, it won’t have energy. That will make you eat constantly because you’ll be hungry. Your blood sugar will be increased. Make sure you visit your doctor if you’ve noticed this sign in you.
This is also a common sign. You just feel very sleepy and tired because the cells of your body don’t have sufficient amounts of glucose so that they can use it as energy. Frequent urination causes dehydration which makes you feel exhausted.
In case you don’t have a serious eye problem, but your vision is still blurred vision, you might have diabetes. This appears because of the shifting of fluids, so the lens of your eyes change shape and swell. You can’t focus well, you look fuzzy and blurry.
You can usually reverse these changes in the eye, but make sure you check they aren’t because of diabetes.
Unexplained weight loss
This is also a sign of diabetes which means that you’ll lose plenty of weight without any exercise or a diet. Your body will burn the muscle and the fat to use it as energy, so your weight will drop. It can also be caused by dehydration because your body will want to produce urine and it will use any fluid it has.
When your body removes fluid from all the tissues, it also removes fluids from your skin. It becomes itchy, infected and full of dry patches. You can also have itchy skin because of a yeast infection that is very common in people who have diabetes. Try to make your skin as healthy as possible.
Slowly healing wounds or cuts can also signify diabetes. They can appear because of poor blood circulation. It is especially bad for the feet and leads to the appearance of foot sores. Visit your doctor in case you have this symptom.
Dark patches on the skin
This is a condition called Acanthosis nigricans. The dark patches have a velvety texture. They mostly appear on the knuckles of your fingers, in the armpits, behind the knees, on the neck, inside the elbows, as well as in the groin.
This is a condition which generally appears in healthy people, but it is also a common sign of diabetes or prediabetes.
Tingling or numb feet or hands
This symptom is also very common in patients with diabetes. Poor blood circulation can lead to nerve damage. The parts which are the furthest from the heart will suffer first: your feet and hands.
Check your blood sugar regularly. Try to improve your circulation. If you don’t treat diabetes, many health problems will arise. Visit your doctor if you’ve notice any of the mentioned symptoms!