Symptoms of Diabetes

Symptoms of Diabetes with Complications

Suspect you may have Diabetes?

There are a lot of symptoms that may indicate Diabetes, but they can also indicate a lot of other issues as well. Before you look at the list and begin to panic, realize that these symptoms can be caused by a multitude of things, so it’s not necessarily diabetes.  To make a proper determination about whether you have diabetes, you need to take a blood glucose test.  The simplest way to get tested is to schedule one with your doctor. Though you can actually do it at home if you’re impatient or getting to the doctor is cumbersome/expensive.

Lets take a look at some of the symptoms of diabetes…

Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Dry mouth and Itchy skin (Dehydration)
    Because your body is using extra fluids to make urine to excrete the surplus glucose, there’s less water available for other parts of the body.. You could get dehydrated, and your mouth may feel dry. Dry skin can make you itchy.
  • Blurred Vision
    High blood sugar levels cause the lens of the eye to swell, change shape and thus lose focus.
  • Yeast Infections
    Typically considered a ‘ladies problem’ men and women with diabetes are susceptible to yeast infections. Yeast feeds on glucose, so having high blood sugar levels, allows it to thrive. Infections can grow in any warm, moist fold of skin, including:
    1.) Between fingers and toes
    2.) Under Breasts
    3.) In or around sex organs
  • Slow-healing sores or cuts
    Over time, high blood sugar can affects blood flow and causes nerve damage that slows the bodies ability to heal wounds.
  • Pain or numbness in your feet or legs
    This is also an effect of nerve damage caused by lowered blood flow.

What to do if you suspect Diabetes

If you feel that you might be a candidate for diabetes, then the first thing you need to do is get a diagnosis.  A glucose tolerance test is the gold standard for diabetes diagnosis. It’s a pretty simple test. You measure your blood glucose levels after an 8 hour fast to see if your body regulates your blood sugar properly.  After the first test, you’ll drink a sugar solution and then test again an hour later to see if you’re secreting an adequate amount of insulin to manage the surge of sugar in your blood.  Because the test requires a fast and a few hours of waiting, it is a bit inconvenient to do at a clinic and so you can do it at home.

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