Diabetes is a serious medical condition. It is also one that people can develop at any time in their lives.
Most people think that they would know if they had diabetes. In truth, though, not everyone experiences diabetes symptoms. Some people develop the condition and only find it out much later.
However, this is not healthy since the sooner you diagnose diabetes, the sooner you can start treating it. And, the sooner you start treating it, the more likely it is that you can avoid suffering serious ill effects. For this reason, you are encouraged to see a doctor regularly, especially if you are at an increased risk for diabetes due to factors such as a family history of the disease or being overweight.
And, while not everyone will necessarily have symptoms, you should still educate yourself on the symptoms of diabetes. That way, if you do develop any signs of diabetes, such as excessive thirst – one of the most common signs, you can seek help right away.
A Thirst That Just Can’t be Quenched
Even if you don’t develop any other symptom of diabetes, you may develop excessive thirst. Being extremely thirsty is so common among diabetics that it’s often considered the tell-tale sign of the disease.
This excessive thirst happens because of a buildup of sugar in the blood. This triggers the kidneys to work harder at filtering your blood, but they can only work so fast. As a result, some of that extra blood sugar gets sent out of the body via your urine, which the body produces more quickly than usual to compensate.
This results in dehydration and, as is to be expected, extreme thirst. The bad thing is that you’re likely to drink more to try and quench your thirst, but you’ll just use the bathroom more as a result, creating a vicious cycle that can leave you very uncomfortable.
What’s going on with your body, though, is more serious than just discomfort. Dehydration is bad for you, and so is all of the excess blood sugar you’re likely carrying around. Thus, if you notice more frequent urination, changes in your urination, or a thirst that just can’t be quenched no matter what, it is definitely time to get checked for diabetes.
Other Symptoms to be On the Lookout For
In addition to excessive thirst, there are many other symptoms that are common when diabetes is present. While not everyone will necessarily develop all or even any of these symptoms, it’s still good to know what to look for.
One very common symptom, for example, includes extreme tiredness that comes out of nowhere. When you’re diabetic, your body is working overtime to get things done, and it’s having to do all of this hard work without being able to properly use sugar for energy. If you find that you can barely keep your eyes open during the day and you’re going to bed earlier and earlier each night, you’ll want to get tested.
Some diabetics will also experience weight loss, even though their diabetes may spur them to eat more. So, while you may think, at first, that you’ve gotten lucky and are able to eat all you want while losing weight, the disease could, in all actuality, be wreaking havoc in your body. You feel hungrier because you’re not absorbing sugar the way you should, yet you’re losing those calories through all that urination, thus causing weight loss. While you might welcome unexpected weight loss, see a doctor if it occurs; it’s not always a good sign.
You should also look out for changes to your gums, tingling in your hands and feet, regular infections, or sores that don’t seem to heal as quickly as they used to. The immune system is often weakened when diabetes is present, which can lead to all of these issues, as well as more frequent sickness in general.
As you can see, diabetes can cause some very pronounced signs, though it doesn’t always. With that in mind, know these signs and look out for them, understanding that your own vigilance is not an excuse to avoid professional medical care.
Diabetes is typically quite manageable if you catch it early enough and if you make important changes to your lifestyle. So, with that in mind, see a doctor frequently and strive to live a healthy lifestyle in general to reduce your risk of diabetes. No matter what, just remember that you can be in control if you take steps to treat yourself well.