13 early warning signs of diabetes

Blood sugar control is at the center of any diabetes treatmentplan. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, is a major concern, and can affect...

Blood sugar control is at the center of any diabetes treatmentplan. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, is a major concern, and can affect people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes . There are two main kinds:

-Fasting hyperglycemia. This is blood sugar that's higher than 130 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) after not eating or drinking for at least 8 hours.

-Postprandial or after-meal hyperglycemia. This is blood sugar that's higher than 180 mg/dL 2 hours after you eat. People without diabetesrarely have blood sugar levels over 140 mg/dL after a meal, unless it’s really large.

Are you always hungry? Have you gained weight despite cutting calories? Or, do you frequently experience stomach problems? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could be experiencing high blood sugar symptoms.

Don’t get tricked into thinking that high blood sugar is only something diabetics should worry about. The truth is that anyone can experience spikes in their blood sugar levels when they eat certain foods – and it’s not just candy, sodas and cakes that cause these spikes. The real danger is when your blood sugar levels stay high for extended periods of time, which can lead to diabetes or other serious health problems. But, if you are familiar with the high blood sugar symptoms and recognize when you begin to experience them regularly, it can motivate you to take the necessary steps to get your blood sugar under control.

13 symptoms develop as a result of this:

1. Frequent urination (polyuria): If you notice that you have to urinate more often, and you wake up during the night (sometimes several times) to empty your bladder, this could be a warning sign.

2. Excessive thirst (polydipsia): This symptom links with the previous one. As you lose more fluids, the body will try to replenish them, hence the constant need to drink.

3. Increased hunger (polyphagia): Due to extreme highs and lows in blood sugar levels, the body develops a sudden urge to eat. The cells don’t get enough glucose, so you crave it.

4. Dry mouth: You experience a lack of moisture in the mouth, which can be both unpleasant and dangerous.

5. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain: As insulin can’t get glucose into the cells, the body reacts as if it would be starving and starts using proteins from the muscles.

6. Fatigue: Excessive tiredness can develop when body constantly compensates for the lack of glucose in the cells. It also doesn’t help if your sleep gets interrupted by the urgency to urinate.

7. Vision problems: High blood sugar also affects the eyes. It changes the shape of the lens and eyes. As a result, your vision becomes blurry.

8. Headaches – A headache can develop due to elevated blood sugar levels and is considered an early sign of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose). The symptom gets worse as condition worsens.

9. Infections, cuts and bruises that do not heal: This classic sign of diabetes is a consequence of blood vessel damage.

10. Yeast infections: Since bacteria and fungi thrive in a sugary environment, infections can become more common.

11. Numbness and tingling in hands and feet: This symptom is a result of nerve damage – neuropathy – that is connected with diabetes. Tingling and numbness can be accompanied by burning pain and swelling.

12. Skin changes: Velvety dark skin, known as achantosis nigricans, can appear on the neck, groin and armpit.

13. Sexual dysfunction: Diabetes also damages blood vessels and nerves in the sex organs, which can lead to different sexual problems.

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