What are the early symptoms of Diabetes?
How can you tell if you have diabetes? The early symptoms are from higher-than-normal levels of the glucose, a major kind of sugar, in your blood. The warning signs can be so mild which you don’t notice them. That’s especially true of type 2 diabetes. Some people don’t find out that they have it until they get problems from long-term damage caused by the disease.
With the type 1 diabetes, usually, the symptoms happen quickly, in a matter of days or several weeks. They are much more severe, too.
Both types of diabetes have many of the same telltale warning signs.
Hunger & fatigue.
Your body converts the food which you eat into glucose, which your cells use for energy. But your cells must need insulin to bring the glucose in. If your body does not make enough or any insulin, or if your cells resist the insulin your body makes, the glucose can’t get into them & you have no energy. This can make you hungrier & tired than usual.
Peeing more often & being thirstier.
The average person usually has to pee between four & seven times in 24 hours, but people with diabetes may go a lot more. Why? Normally a human body reabsorbs glucose as it passes through the kidneys. But when diabetes pushes your blood sugar up, your kidneys can’t be able to bring it all back in. This causes the body to make more urine, & that takes fluids. You will have to go more often. You might pee out more, too. Because you are peeing so much, you can get very thirsty. You will also pee more when you drink more.
Dry mouth & itchy skin.
Just because the human body is using the fluids to make pee, there’s less moisture for other things. You could get dehydrated, & your mouth may feel dry. Dry skin can make you itchy.
Changing fluid levels in the human body could make the lenses in human eyes swell up. They change shape & lose their ability to focus.
Other types of 2 Symptoms
For a long time, these tend to show up after your glucose has been high.
Both women & men with diabetes can get these. Yeast feeds on glucose, so having the plenty around makes it thrive. Infections can grow in any warm, moist fold of your skin, including:
- Between fingers & toes
- Under breasts
- In or around sex organs
Slow-healing sores or cuts.
Over time, high blood sugar can affect your blood flow & cause nerve damage that makes it hard for your body to heal wounds.
Pain or numbness in your feet or legs.
This is another result of nerve damage.
Other Type1 Symptoms
Unplanned weight loss.
If your body can’t get energy from your food, it will start burning muscle & fat for energy instead. You may lose weight even though you have not changed how you eat.
Ausea & vomiting.
When your body resorts to the burning fat, it makes “ketones.” These can build up in your blood to the most dangerous levels, a possibly life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. To your stomach, Ketones can make you feel sick.
When you have to call your Doctor
If you are older than 45 or have other risks for diabetes, it’s important to get tested. When you spot the condition early, you can avoid nerve damage, heart trouble, & other complications.
As a general & basic rule, call your doctor if you:
- Feel sick to your stomach, weak, & very thirsty
- Are peeing a lot
- Have a bad belly ache
- Are breathing more deeply & faster than normal
- Have a sweet breath which smells like nail polish remover.