Did you know that diabetes can be a silent disease that some people won’t notice it for years, until they begin seeing severe symptoms? Out of three people with diabetes, 1 won’t notice that they have this problem. Many people experience early signs of diabetes and think it nothing. This is usually caused because many don’t understand the disease and some are not educated on it correctly.
Early detection is important to get a treatment that can prolong your life. If you are diagnosed 3 years later, you have a 19% risk of heart disease. The important thing about early detection is knowing what to look for. This article is about taking control of the disease before it tries to control you.
Below are the symptoms of diabetes in children and adults:
Diabetes Symptoms in Children and Adults
Common Symptoms of Diabetes
The following early signs of diabetes are the most common:
This is probably the most common symptom noticed in children and adults. Are you constantly feeling the need to use the restroom? If you do, you might have Polyuria, which is a symptom of high glucose levels. A person who drinks an average amount of water daily tends to urinate about 4 to 7 times in 24 hours. If you drank a lot of water more than you usually would and have the need to urinate, it is normal. A red flag for this problem is needing to use the restroom in the middle of the night, even if you urinated before you went to sleep. What does urination have to do with high blood sugar? The main reason is too much sugar in the body causing your kidneys to go into overdrive. The sugar that your kidney absorbed must be removed through urination. This is what causes the need to frequently use the restroom.
The Excessive Need to Drink
The need to drink an unusually large amount of liquid throughout the day and even at night is a huge red flag for diabetes. The normal water intake for an adult is about 8 to 10 glasses of water. Feeling thirsty a couple minutes after drinking water is not a good sign. The more you drink water, the more you need to urinate and flush out sugar from your system. Hence giving you the excessive drinking and urinating cycle that most diabetics experience. The main reason why this happens is the frequent urination. You’ve been getting rid of fluids like crazy, causing your body to become dry.
The Constant Feeling of Hunger
This is the main reason why many long term diabetics experience weight gain. One symptom of being diabetic is feeling hungry constantly even after you have already eaten a meal. Cravings can vary from healthy and unhealthy food. This happens as the brain is telling the body to crave food even though you’re full. This causes the blood sugar to rise and fall irregularly, causing the brain to go crazy when the levels plummet. This causes a person to feel cravings and as if they are starving for more calories and sugary food.
Sudden Weight Loss
Another symptom might be unintentional weight loss. Losing 5 to 10 kilograms in a month might signal a problem. This can be a symptom of type 1 diabetes, due to the cut down of sugar in the metabolism. This happens due to the body’s inability to convert energy, causing the body to go into starvation. Leading to a breakdown of protein in the muscles, hence the sudden weight loss.
Other symptoms of Diabetes include:
- Lack of interest and concentration
- A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet
- Blurred vision
- Frequent infections
- Slow-healing wounds
- Vomiting and stomach pain (often mistaken as the flu)
Tips on how to control diabetes:
- Get more physical activity
- Get plenty of fiber!
- Go for whole grains
- Lose extra weight
- Skip fat diets and just make healthier choices
Do you notice any of these symptoms in anyone you know or yourself? If you start to notice these early warning signs we advise you to go to your nearest clinic and get your blood sugar levels checked. Find out as soon as possible to prevent any serious side effects of this disease and perform early prevention.
Resources: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diabetes-prevention/art-20047639?pg=2  http://www.helpguide.org/articles/diet-weight-loss/diabetes-diet-and-food-tips.htm