Knowing the symptoms of diabetes can save your life. As you must know, diabetes is considered a chronic disease that can worsen over time if left uncontrolled.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know they have diabetes until the disease has already progressed. This is because the symptoms of diabetes can easily be mistaken for something else, or they may appear as harmless you wouldn’t really suspect they already indicate something serious.
It therefore always helps to understand the symptoms of diabetes so you can consult a diabetologist or an endocrinologist to assess your case and recommend the essential diabetes treatment. The sooner you do this, the sooner you will get treatment, the lesser the chance of having diabetic complications.
So what exactly are these symptoms of diabetes that you have to watch out for?
Frequency of urination – this is actually one of the classic symptoms of diabetes. It happens because with diabetes, there is an inability to break down glucose in the blood, thus there is no other way for the excess glucose to go to but out of the body through urination.
Excessive thirst and dehydration – because of the frequency of urination, excessive thirst and sometimes even dehydration normally follow.
Over-fatigue – this usually occurs because the glucose that is supposed to provide nutrition to the cells does not go to the cells but pools in blood and eventually out of the body, thereby starving the cells, the reason why diabetics often experience over-fatigue.
Weight loss – this is expected since glucose is not able to provide the cells with the essential nutrients, but is excreted out of the body.
Other signs and symptoms of diabetes include:Blurred visionDry mouthDry or itchy skinThe moment you experience these symptoms of diabetes, do not waste time but see your doctor at once. He may recommend that you undergo certain laboratory tests to establish the presence of diabetes.
The Diabetes Treatment
As of now, diabetes has no cure. Considered a chronic disease, it can only be controlled so as to prevent the likelihood of complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and so on. In certain cases where leg wounds do not heal at all, amputation of the affected leg may be done. Because of the seriousness of such complications, it is important to take the necessary measures to regulate blood sugar levels, and this can be done through:dietexercisemedicationsDiabetics are advised to strictly adhere to this diabetic treatment regimen to effectively control diabetes. They are further encouraged to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels. Sometimes it can be a good thing to invest in a gadget that measures blood sugar levels so you don’t have to go to the lab anymore.
Make regular trips to your diabetologist so he can see how well you are coping with the treatment plan. Depending on your response to the treatment, he may change, reduce, or add your medications.
Certain herbs and spices are said to regulate blood sugar levels. Nonetheless it is always wise to consult with your doctor first before trying any alternative therapy.
Even if you do not have diabetes now, just have routine checkups with your doctor, and observe yourself closely for the presence of some symptoms of diabetes.
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