What are the signs and symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes symptom 1 - Frequent urination

One of the first signs and symptoms of diabetes will be that of your urination activity becoming more frequent when there is too much glucose in the blood.

If insulin is nonexistent or ineffective in your body, your kidneys can't filter glucose back to the blood.

Your kidneys become overburdened and try to extract water from your blood in order to dilute the glucose.

The result of this will be frequent urination.

Diabetes symptom 2 - Excessive Thirst and/or hunger

One of the first symptoms of diabetes is often excessive thirst which will not be related to excessive sweating, exercise or hot weather.

When your cells do not get their required energy from glucose, your body will respond by trying to find more energy from food.

This will cause you to become hungry.

Diabetes symptom 3 - Losing Weight

As your body is not absorbing glucose for the fuel it requires, it will desperately seek out another source of energy.

Your body will then start to break down muscle tissue and fat for energy.

The result could be unexpected weight loss.

Because this process will be more gradual with type 2 diabetes, this weight loss will be more noticeable with Type 1.

Diabetes symptom 4 - Weakness and Fatigue

If your insulin is not working properly, or is not there at all, glucose will not be absorbed into your cells.

It will remain outside the cells in your bloodstream.

Since the cells are now not being provided with the required nutrients and energy this will cause you to feel tired and listless.

Diabetes symptom 5 - Tingling and /or numbness in the hands, legs or feet

This is a symptom that is called peripheral neuropathy.

Consistently high glucose in the blood damages your nervous system, particularly in the extremities.

This may go undetected for a long time because of the gradual onset of type 2 diabetes.

Signs and symptom of diabetes - the rest

Blurred vision, cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal, dry or itchy skin, frequent infections and/or recurrent yeast infections in women.

Women with diabetes usually find it difficult to recover from bladder and vaginal infections.

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