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Warning Signs May Indicate You Have Diabetes
Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States. Millions of people have been diagnosed with the disease, the most prevalent form being "Type 2," commonly known as adult onset. Both Type 1 diabetes and Type 2, can strike children and adults alike, however. And both diseases can be deadly.
There are similarities between the symptoms, but many people either are not aware of them, or choose to ignore them until their blood sugars reach dangerous levels. At this point, hospitalization is often necessary. Death may occur in some cases. For these reasons, it is important to learn the early warning signs of diabetes.
If you suspect you have diabetes, it is best to face this possibility and see your doctor as soon as possible. Certainly, if you ignore the early warning signs of diabetes, it will not go away and will likely get worse with more complications. Often, a simple change in diet and exercise plan may be all that is prescribed. As you age, your doctor may recommend regular blood tests to make sure that your blood sugar levels, as well as your cholesterol and other numbers are where they should be. Treatments are improving and easier for everyone across the board that suffers from this ailment.
How is Diabetes Diagnosed?
If you are exhibiting early warning signs of diabetes, your doctor will likely have you come in for a series of lab tests. The first value will be taken after fasting overnight. A healthy nondiabetic person should have a blood sugar reading in the range of 80-115 mg/dl, before eating. Levels higher than this may indicate the need for additional tests or monitoring, or may be the basis for a diagnosis. A reading over 200 mg/dl is generally accepted as indicative of diabetes. The lab may then have you drink a sugary drink with a certain amount of carbohydrates. Two hours "post-meal," another blood draw will be taken to see how (or if) your pancreas is producing insulin in response. Blood sugar levels over 150 mg/dl may show some compromise in your system, as a result of diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Early Warning Signs of Diabetes - Contact your Doctor!
A number of tell-tale signs should send a red flag up and have you scheduling a simple blood test with the doctor. The most significant of these include, usually in combination:
- significant- excessive thirst
- unexplained weight loss
- extreme fatigue
- hunger that does not cease
- frequent urination (bed-wetting for older children)
- blurred vision
The general reason for these symptoms is that your body is trying to flush out the excess blood sugar in your system that it is unable to use due to the inadequate or absent insulin. Without adequate insulin to help convert the carbs you eat into energy for your muscles, you become fatigued and tired, and.... more hungry. In short, it is a vicious circle.