A lot of people suffer from this medical condition. According to the ADA (American Diabetes Association), there are more than 25 million people who live with this condition. About one third of those 25 million are not aware that they are diabetics. Another 79 million are pre-diabetics. If they don’t change their life habits and start to live healthy and eat proper food, they will develop diabetes too. We are going to give you the 10 early signs of diabetes you shouldn’t ignore!
Increased Thirst and Urination
If the glucose level in our blood is higher, our kidneys are trying to filter it from our blood stream. But, they can’t keep up if there is too much glucose in our blood. So, as a result of that, the excess glucose is ejected into the urine together with the other excess fluids from our body. So we can expect more frequent urinations as a result of that. This may lead to chronic dehydration and you will feel the need to drink more fluids.
Your body needs to use insulin in order to pull glucose into your cells. If you are lack of insulin or you are insulin resistant, your organism can’t store the glucose in your cells, and the glucose is very important for their energy. If this happens, your body won’t have the energy to work properly. This will lead to increased hunger because the body will try to increase the calories for the needed energy.
Weakness and Fatigue
Increased hunger, together with fatigue and weakness, is a sign that our body can’t use energy from the glucose properly. When the body can’t pull glucose into the cells will not have the proper amount of energy to function properly. This will lead to weakness and fatigue.
Unexpected Weight Loss
If your body throws out the excess of glucose through the urine when you are eating, it will not store energy for later. When the body throws out the excess of glucose means that it decreases the amount of calories that should be absorbed into the cells. The consequence of that is you end up losing weight, because you can’t replenish the calories you have lost.
Tingling or Numbness
Diabetic neuropathy is known for tingling and numbness. This happens because the blood glucose levels are sky high, which leads to nerve damaging. If the glucose levels are high, it interferes with signals transmitted by the nerves. Also, the walls of the small blood vessels are also weakened. All this will lead to blocking the blood supply to the nerves, starting with your feet.
Our eyes are also very sensitive to the high blood glucose effects. It can cause our lenses to swell and change their shape, which will cause our vision to become blurry.
Sores That Heal Slowly
A study that was conducted in the University of Warwick has shown that the receptors which are responsible for recognizing infection become blind if glucose levels in our blood rise. High level of glucose in our blood obstructs the normal working process of our immune system, so the function of white blood cells is slowed and so is the normal healing process.
Other common symptoms of increased blood glucose levels are the frequent infections in our body. People with high blood glucose levels have increased number of frequent infections than a person with a normal blood glucose levels. The main reason for that is the slowed immune system of people with high levels of blood glucose.
Dry, Itchy, or Scaly Skin
Our body is made up from 50-78% of water, we all should know that. As we mentioned, the high levels of glucose in our blood can lead to frequent urination and perpetual state of thirst. So in other words, our body is literally drying itself out. That includes our skin too. Therefore, dry, itchy, or scaly skin is a common symptom of diabetes because your kidneys eject the excess water from your body.
If you feel irritated, hungry and low on energy, you should know that this is probably cause of your body trying to expel the energy which was supposed to go for storage in the cells. This will result in bad and moody feeling and the irritability of being in a state of lost energy.