7 Early Signs To Watch Out For. (Diabetes)






The early signs of diabetes are not always obvious.
They may develop slowly over time, making them hard
to identify. Many are asymptomatic. Because they can
worsen over a period of years, type 2 diabetes may
remain undiagnosed longer than other, more obvious
conditions.

Here are 7 early signs to watch out for:

1. Frequent Urination
Also known as polyuria, frequent and/or excessive urination
is a sign that your blood sugar is high enough to start to spill
into the urine. Because your kidneys can’t keep up with the
high glucose levels, they allow some of that sugar to go into
your urine, where it draws additional water, making you have
to urinate often.

2. Extreme Thirst
Extreme thirst is one of the first noticeable symptoms of
diabetes for some. It’s tied to high blood sugar levels, which
cause thirst, and is exacerbated by frequent urination. Often,
drinking won’t satisfy the thirst.

3. Increased Hunger
Intense hunger, or polyphagia, is also an early warning sign
of diabetes. Your body uses the sugar in your blood to feed
your cells. When the cells can’t absorb the sugar (because of
a lack of insulin), your body looks for more sources of fuel,
causing persistent hunger.

4. Nerve Pain or Numbness
You might experience tingling or numbness in your hands,
fingers, feet, and toes. This is a sign of diabetic neuropathy,
or nerve damage. You are most likely to experience this after
several years of living with diabetes.

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5. Slow Healing Wounds
There are several reasons why a wound will heal more slowly
if you have diabetes. Poor circulation, the effects of high blood
sugar on blood vessels, and immunodeficiency are just a few.
If you experience frequent infections or wounds that are slow to
heal, it could be an early symptom.

6. Blurred Vision
Blurred vision occurs early in unmanaged diabetes. It can be a
sign of high blood sugar levels, which cause fluid to shift into the
lens of the eye. This usually resolves when blood sugar levels
normalize.

7. Dark Skin Patches
Dark discoloration in the folds of your skin is called acanthosis,
nigricans and is another early warning sign of type 2 diabetes.
They are most common in the armpits, neck, and groin regions,
according to the Mayo Clinic.

The Takeaway
If you have any suspicion that you may be experiencing the early
signs of type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor . As with most serious
diseases, successful treatment and reduced risk of complications
depend on swift diagnosis. Left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead
to lifelong impairment or death.

Diabetes is curable.


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