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Diabetes

Learn about a host of diabetes-related topics such as how many Americans suffer from this disease to how to easily adjust to a new diet after diagnoses. This section will provide you with the information you need to make informed dietary decisions regarding diabetes.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

Diabetes often goes unnoticed, as its development is often gradual. Catching early diabetic symptoms, often known as prediabetes, can truly be beneficial in reducing the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. Understand and identify early signs and symptoms to help prevent complications linked with diabetes.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes


With overweight and obesity on the rise, it is no surprise that the numbers of diabetes continue to grow. Catching early diabetic symptoms, often known as prediabetes, can truly be beneficial in reducing the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. If detected before a true diabetes diagnosis, the condition may altogether be prevented with a healthful diet and consistent exercise patterns.

Unfortunately, diabetes has a track record of going unnoticed, as the development of diabetes is often gradual. In fact, about one in every four individuals are living with diabetes and do not even realize it! Although diabetes may go unnoticed until a true full-fledged diagnosis, understanding and identifying early signs and symptoms can prevent complications associated with diabetes.

Early Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

High Blood Sugar
Elevated blood sugar is the prime diagnostic criteria for diagnosing diabetes. If you are at an increased risk of diabetes (overweight, family history, etc.), monitoring blood sugars may be an early way to reduce exacerbated or uncontrolled diabetes.

Fatigue
When the cells cannot uptake glucose (the body's primary energy source) from food, it is ultimately excreted out with urine. The loss of that precious, energy-offering glucose may result to energy loss and fatigue.

Unexplained Weight Loss
Though being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing diabetes, weight loss may be an early sign of diabetes. Since glucose is unable to be taken up by cells, the energy (or calories) is lost and can promote a caloric deficit, ultimately leading to weight loss. Consequently, though, some individuals may even experience weight gain.

Increased Thirst and Urination
Since glucose remains in the blood and contributes to high blood sugar, the body increases urine production. In turn, frequent urination ultimately leads to fluid lose and dehydration. This phenomenon creates a cycle of frequent urination and increased thirst.

Headaches
Headaches are a common early symptom of both hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). If sugars are left uncontrollably low or high, the pain severity may worsen. Hyperglycemic headaches come on more gradually while hypoglycemic headaches are more abrupt and needs attention.

Blurred Vision
Though blurred vision may seem warranted for a trip to the optometrist, you may need to head to your family physician instead. Blurred vision often represents a serious, underlying condition and should be approached at a medical standpoint to reduce further complications.

Darkened Skin
Acanthosis nigricans, a skin condition, may be a sign of diabetes. It is characterized by dark skin patches with a thick, velvety textures, particularly in body folds and creases such as the neck and armpits.

Most importantly, it takes a healthcare professional to diagnose diabetes. Although diabetes management can be successful through self-care, physicians, endocrinologists and nutrition professionals offer individual guidance initially and throughout life's course. Seeking out supervision can further reduce complications that may follow diabetes. If you are experiencing any of the above diabetic symptoms and signs, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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