Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to convert sugar into the energy needed by the body. This results in the sugar remaining in the blood from where it is passed into the urine and leaves the body instead of going into the muscles where it is to be utilized as energy. This means that he body loses its major fuel source as the glucose/ sugar is excretion as waste, whether the body has it in large amounts or not.
It’s been estimated that about 7.8 percent of the population of the United States or about 23.6 million people are living with diabetes. 5.7 million of them haven’t been diagnosed but the remaining 17.9 million of them have. Meanwhile, on a yearly basis, another 1.6 million people whose age range from 20 years and above are also diagnosed with diabetes. Despite all this, it is quit unfortunate that a lot of people still have no idea they have diabetes until they visit their doctors for an annual or physical checkup and it is discovered after a urine analysis or a blood sugar level test that they have the disease. Concerned family members, in many cases, see some changes in the diabetic that he/she may totally ignore. It is essential to properly monitor your body and watch out for any of these symptoms:
The 7 Critical Symptoms of Diabetes are:
- Excessive thirst: Even when you’ve had something to drink, you still feel thirsty very often and have dry mouth.
- Increased urination: This is also one of the symptoms of diabetes but it shouldn’t be a factor on which one solely bases his conclusions for saying that he/she is diabetic since increased urination can be caused by other things.
- Unusual weight gain or loss: this symptom also can be credited to other medical issues, including hyper or hypo- thyroidism. As a result, it is crucial to get proper medical checkups and tests before you make any conclusions.
- Nausea: having nausea without vomiting can be another indicator.
- Blurred vision: a lot of people are diagnosed with diabetes after having some vision related problems and as a result, this symptom should be given a lot of attention. Temporary or even permanent blindness may be the result of diabetes. This happened to a former colleague who literally lost his vision while sitting at his desk and had to be relieved of his job, though he was fortunate to have his vision restored because his loss wasn’t permanent.
- Sores or cuts that take a while to heal or heal slowly. It’s also possible for some people to discover they bruise easily.
- Vaginal infections that occur frequently (for women) while in men, it is yeast infection.
Especially in cases where there are factors like high blood pressure, hypertension or family history involved in diabetes, it is a very serious disease and is considered as a lifelong disease. Other factors may include excessive weight gain (weights of about 20% above the recommended weight for the frame of your body), ethnic background or race. I’s been shown by research that there are greater risks of having diabetes among Asians, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Hispanics.
Amazingly, it’s been reported that there are a large number of diabetics who have been able to stop their medication and now have “good” readings which indicate that the disease is under control. They credited the changes in their results and experiences to changes they made to their dieting and eating habits, increased rest, weight loss, regular daily exercise lasting for a minimum of 30 minutes. Any changes to be made to your treatment should first be discussed with your doctor.
If I Ignore these Symptoms, What will Happen?
The complications involved with diabetes are many in number. And it’s clear that ignoring the symptoms would result to complications because diabetes is blood related and the blood affects every area of your body. You should do all you can to ensure that your blood levels are maintained at non-diabetic levels or close to normal as possible. By so doing, you’ll avoid most of the harmful complications that are associated with the disease condition.
A number of detrimental complications are associated with Type II diabetes. Some are noticed almost immediately while others only occur after leaving the blood glucose levels at dangerous margins for a long time. Among all these complications, the only ones that are reversible are the short term ones. The long term complications may not be reversible so it is better to prevent them from occurring in the first place so you shoul keep the diabetes under control and take good care of yourself. You may need to also work with a doctor to help you keep diabetes under control. Having to face the deterioration of health associated with Type II diabetes is not something you would want to face when you can prevent it.
Among the long term complications associated with Type II diabetes are: eye sight problems, nerve diseases, and kidney disease. These conditions are believed by doctors to be the result of leaving the blood sugar levels at higher-than-normal blood sugar readings for many years. It is essential, though it may be difficult, to realize and convince yourself of the importance of doing all you can to ward off the health complications that are associated with Type II diabetes. Do not neglect to take proper care of yourself because these complications do not usually occur immediately. But if you maintain a good diabetes diet, a physical exercise routine and stick with the plan or instructions of your doctor, the importance of doing all these things to maintain your blood sugar readings where they are meant to be will certainly become evident.
Some Type II diabetics often get a false sense of calm simply because it may take up to even ten years before some of the complications associated with Type II diabetes show up. The get deceived into thinking that it’s at the point these complications begin manifesting that they need to make changes to their habits. Well, those who have walked that road before only set themselves up for destruction. It’s also possible for some people to live with Type II diabetes for years before it is ever diagnosed. This reduces the ten year period it may take for some of these complications to show up. That’s the reason physicians usually begin looking for signs of complication the minute one is diagnosed with the disease. It is essential and wise to take control immediately and level out your blood sugar level and in so doing, ward off a host of other diseases that may arise from it.