6 Early Symptoms Of Diabetes You Should Know

6 Early Symptoms Of Diabetes You Should Know

Did you know that there are around 72.96 million diabetes cases in India? Well, recognizing the symptoms of diabetes is the first step to getting timely treatment that reduces the further risk of severe health conditions. 

Diabetes is a chronic health condition in which a person has high blood glucose (sugar levels) either because of inadequate insulin production or because the body cells do not respond to the insulin properly. In most cases it goes unidentified in the early stage because the signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are mild. In case you suspect prediabetes or diabetes because of the symptoms given below, it’s time to visit the doctor for a complete health checkup. Read on to know about the common diabetes symptoms that you need to be wary of:

1. Frequent Urination 
With the higher than normal blood sugar levels, kidneys react by filtering out excess sugar from the body. This can lead to more frequent urination, especially at night. If you observe that you need to pee more often than normal, it’s time to consult a doctor. 

2. Increased Thirst 
With the onset of high glucose levels in the blood, a lot of times frequent urination causes dehydration. Over a period of time, it causes dehydration and increases thirst. In case you are experiencing increased urination and thirst, make sure you consult a medical practitioner. 

3. Recurring Hunger Pangs
The digestive system breaks down food into glucose that gives energy to the body. Whereas when blood sugar levels are high, not enough glucose moves from the bloodstream to the body cells. And because of this, people with diabetes feel hungry often, even after they’ve had their meals.  

4. Frequent Infections & Fatigue
When the blood sugar levels increase, there are more and more recurrences of yeast infections. In most cases people with diabetes may experience increased itchiness, redness and burning sensation in the skin. Along with this, type 2 diabetes can also impact a person’s energy levels making them feel more tired or fatigued. 

5. Blurry Vision
Increased sugar levels in the blood can damage the blood vessels in the eyes, this can cause blurry vision. Gradually with the increase in glucose levels, people could experience severe damage in the eyes that can lead to vision loss. In case you are experiencing blurry vision, make sure to get it tested to rule out any occurrences of increased glucose levels. 

6. Slow Healing of Cuts and Wounds 
Over a period of time, high blood sugar can affect the blood flow and cause nerve damage that slows down the healing of wounds and cuts. Along with it, high blood sugar levels also lead to unusual changes in the skin with patches of dark skin forming creases on the neck, armpit or groin. Frequent cuts, wounds and changes in the skin could be the first sign of diabetes. 

By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-11-12

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