Diabetes is often called the silent killer because of its easy to miss symptoms.
One out of three people who have it don’t even know about it. It’s crucial that it’s detected as soon as possible to avoid the possibilities of further health issues like cardiovascular ones. In fact, type 2 diabetes is a common, modern-age disease. Recent research show a shocking 25 percent of people with type 2 diabetes don’t even know it. If you experience some of these subtle signs and symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting tested.
- Frequent Pee-Pee Breaks (polyuria)
Ever noticed that you are urinating more often, and waking up sometime after midnight (sometimes several times) to pee-pee? Well this could be a warning sign. The kidneys start working harder to get rid of the excess glucose from the blood. One red flag is whether the need to urinate keeps you up at night. Once or twice might be normal.
- Excessive Thirst (polydipsia)
Urinating a lot will also make you feel parched. So this symptom is linked with the previous one. Losing more fluids necessitates the body to attempt replenishing them, hence the constant need to drink H2O.
- Increased Appetite For Food (polyphagia)
Due to extreme highs and lows in blood sugar levels, the body develops a sudden urge to eat. The cells don’t get enough glucose, so you crave it.
- Lack of Moisture in Your Mouth
If you experience a lack of moisture in the mouth, this could be both unpleasant and dangerous. Dry mouth can become a breeding ground for bacteria and cause various oral and dental problems. Gum diseases are a known complication of diabetes.
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
Rapid, unexplained weight loss (15 to 25 kilograms over a couple of months) is unhealthy and necessitates a doctor visit. On the other hand, increased consumption of sugary foods can also lead to weight gain.
- Excessive Fatigue
Excessive tiredness develops when your body repetitively attempts to make up for the lack of glucose in the cells. People start experiencing lower levels of energy and are chronically not feeling well. It is not uncommon to also feel irritable and in a bad mood.
- Your Cuts Don’t Heal in Time
The immune system and the processes that help the body heal don’t work so well when your sugar levels are high. Do keep this one in mind!
You will do a lot if you try to eat healthy, exercise moderately, keep your stress levels under control and avoid bad habits. The risk of diabetes increases as we get older so it’s even more pertinent to promote a healthy lifestyle and remain active.