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Signs You Could Have Diabetes.

November 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Health, Weekly Columns

(Akiit.comDiabetes is a common condition suffered by a lot of people around the world. While there is no need to fret if you think you do have diabetes, you do need to see a doctor as soon as possible so you can make sure you manage the condition properly and reduce the chances of any complications. With that being said, read on to discover some of the signs that you could have diabetes…

What are the warning signs of diabetes?

There are instances whereby people develop type 2 diabetes and there are not any symptoms or warning signs. In fact, a lot of people have diabetes right now and they do not realise it. This is why regular checkups with your doctor are so important.

Nevertheless, of those people who do have symptoms, these are some of the warning signs that made them realise they had the condition…

  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue, i.e. tired and week feeling
  • Unexplained weight loss despite the fact you feel hungry and you are eating the same as normal
  • Urine infections
  • Frequent urination
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased hunger, especially after eating
  • Increased thirst

If you have noticed any of the indicators that have been discussed above, you should schedule a diabetes test with your doctor. You can manage type 2 diabetes and live a productive and active life, but you cannot do this by simply burying your head in the sand. Your doctor will inform you about the relationship between alcohol and diabetes, as well as giving you advice on your diet, medications and exercise too. It is all about getting the right information and making some basic changes to your daily living.

Warning signs of diabetes complications

You also need to be aware of any warning signs that could indicate you are experiencing complications with your diabetes. Such warning signs need to be acted on as quickly as possible to make sure they do not develop into a worse illness. Again, do not panic, but do act quickly. It is better to be safe rather than sorry, right?

These warning signs are as follows:

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence
  • Decreased vision
  • Tingling and numbness of the feet and hands
  • Dark and velvety skin changes of the groin, armpit, and neck. This is known as acanthosis nigricans
  • Recent weight gain
  • Regular yeast infections
  • Itching of the skin
  • Slow-healing cuts or sores

Melissa Thompson with Diabetes 365 notes “having any type of diabetes warning sign needs to be addressed immediately with your doctor.  Many people apply for life insurance, or health insurance, and are unaware that they have an untreated form of diabetes.  This can lead to getting declined for life insurance with diabetes.  Or in some cases if you’re in a pre-diabetes or early type 2 diabetes stage, you may end up paying higher prices for life insurance with type 2 diabetes.”

So there you have it: a number of different signs that you could be suffering from diabetes. If you have noticed any of the symptoms mentioned above, this doesn’t mean you certainly have the condition but it is a possibility. Therefore, you should definitely book an appointment with your doctor sooner rather than later so you can be sure.

Staff Writer; Sherry Hall

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