Diabetes mellitus, world’s serious yet common medical condition popularly known as diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body’s blood sugar level is high, over a prolonged period of time. It can lead to some serious health complications and that is why it is important to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms and get tested if you notice these signs. Treating it early helps to reduce the chances of complications that could arise from it.
Warning Signs of Diabetes
Sometimes diabetes develops without any warning signs or a mild and not too noticeable symptom especially the type 2, which is why you are advised to go for regular medical checkup and other times it comes with signs and symptoms that could be sever and disheartening. This is true for the type 1 . If your body doesn’t produce enough quantity of insulin or cannot make use of the insulin being produced, the glucose you are taking in through the food you eat will not be utilized, because of the absence of insulin. Insulin helps in the absorption of glucose by the body for energy hence, you get hungry easily because your body cannot make energy. This in turn will increase fatigue, headaches and weight loss due to lack of energy. Frequent urination arises because the kidney cannot absorb glucose as it should, makes more urine and as result thirst, dry mouth and urine infections are common with diabetes.
If you have any of these warning signs listed above, you are adviced to consult your doctor and get a test scheduled. If you are consistent with the right diet, regular exercise and medications (if needed), you can still live an active and productive life.
If you have symptoms of the following diabetes complications, it is importance to seek immediate medical attention.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 occurs when the body cannot produce insulin or does not make enough insulin required for the normal functioning of the body. Very few number of people with diabetes has the type 1.
Causes of Type 1 Diabetes
This is often as a result of the body’s immune cells responsible for fighting foreign objects such as viruses and bacteria, now attacking insulin producing cells in the pancreas. When these cells are destroyed, the body will be unable to produce insulin, making the body deficient of insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 occurs because the body does not respond to insulin produced or the body doesn’t make enough insulin. About 90% of people with diabetes comes down with the type 2.
Causes of type 2 diabetes
When the body doesn’t respond to the insulin being produced by the insulin producing cells, there is an accumulation of insulin in the blood, which in turn leads to a high glucose levels as insulin is responsible for utilizing glucose. Your lifestyle, age, weight, and genetics may influence your risk of having type 2.
Signs and symptoms of type 1 and 2 diabetes:
- Increased hunger
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urinations or urine infections
- Increased thirst
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
- loss of consciousness
- Sores takes a longer time to heal
Once you notice these signs it is important to see the doctor immediately, to take a test and to avoid further complications.
If you are struggling with diabetes, you are not alone. There are treatment available for it and although there is no cure for the type 1, it can be properly managed. Call or Whatsapp us on 09060002544 to talk to a board certified doctor.