Living without knowing you have diabetes and without treating yourself is a time bomb for your health.
Diabetes is a disease that is very dangerous if it is not treated in time. Much is said about it but not everyone knows its symptoms and the seriousness of its consequences in the body. Can we avoid it? How is it treated?
When we talk about diabetes, maybe a family member or acquaintance who suffers from it comes to mind. It is not for less, since this disease affects a large part of the population throughout the world. According to a report this year by the National Center for the Prevention of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion of the United States, in that country alone some 30 million people suffer from diabetes.
The daunting fact, and one that we should be concerned about, is that diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, according to the American Diabetes Association. In addition, more than 1 million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the United States each year.
Diabetes, a silent killer
Diabetes is a disease characterized by a high level of glucose in the blood, the result of defects in the body’s ability to produce or use insulin, according to the American Diabetes Association.
It is spoken of a “silent” disease since many of its symptoms go unnoticed and are confused with other medical conditions.
According to the Medline Plus site, too much glucose in the blood can cause serious health problems. Whether type 1 or type 2, diabetes must be diagnosed early.
Diabetes type 1
It occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin, which means that the body cannot process sugar properly. Generally, this type of diabetes appears during childhood or adolescence, which is why it is also called juvenile diabetes. If a person has type 1 diabetes, it is very important to strike a balance between insulin doses, the foods they eat, and the activity they do.
Type 2 diabetes
This type of diabetes is the most common, in which the body resists insulin or does not produce enough of it. Type 2 diabetes is usually caused by genetics, but being inactive and being overweight can contribute. This type of diabetes is treated with lifestyle changes, oral medications, and insulin.
What consequences does diabetes bring?
According to the Medline Plus site, suffering from diabetes can have serious health consequences, including:
Symptoms you should never ignore
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are several symptoms that should never be ignored and that should be addressed immediately to a doctor.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the early symptoms of diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, can be subtle or seemingly harmless. However, over time, the person can develop complications from diabetes, even if they have not had symptoms.
1 more urge to urinate
In diabetes, sugar builds up in the blood, so the kidneys must work even harder to filter it. So, if the kidneys fail to complete their function, the excess sugar is excreted in the urine, carrying fluids out of the tissues. This causes more frequent urination, which can leave you dehydrated. And it is for this reason that the person is constantly thirsty.
2.Dry mouth and thirstier
According to what was explained in the previous point, the more a person urinates, the more thirsty he will be, as his body tries to recover all the lost fluid. These first two symptoms are the most frequent in a diabetic person.
3 more hunger
In the early stages of the disease, people with diabetes tend to have more appetites. This happens because the body does not regulate blood sugar correctly, so the cells do not have the energy they need to function, so the body asks for more food.
According to the Mayo Clinic, when you lose sugar through frequent urination, you also lose calories. At the same time, diabetes can trap sugar from food before it reaches cells, leading to constant hunger. The combined effect is rapid weight loss, especially in type 1 diabetes.
5.Fatigue and irritability
One symptom drags the other. Fatigue and irritability are consequences of possible dehydration and the inability of the body to function properly, as it is less able to use sugar for its daily energy needs.
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6. Frequent infections and wounds that don’t heal
For people with diabetes, high blood sugar levels may affect the body’s natural healing process and its ability to fight infection. For women especially, bladder and vaginal infections are quite common. Also, healing in people with diabetes is slower than in people without the disease.
7 blurred vision
In the same way that diabetes removes fluids from the body and causes dehydration, it does the same with the eyes, depriving them of adequate hydration to see correctly, thus causing difficult vision. These vision changes, if not treated in time, can lead to blindness.
8 tingling and numbness of hands and feet
Too much sugar in the blood can cause nerve damage. This can cause tingling and loss of feeling in the hands and feet, as well as burning pain in the extremities.
Is diabetes hereditary?
According to the American Diabetes Association, both diabetes 1 and 2 are not completely hereditary, but rather the person inherits a predisposition to the disease, which may or may not develop later. The diet and lifestyle factor can be essential to play a good role and avoid disease.
If there is a family history of diabetes (both 1 and 2) it is essential to notify your doctor and establish good eating habits in your daily diet.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people limit their consumption of sugary drinks to help prevent this disease. A single serving of these drinks raises blood glucose and contains hundreds of calories.
Sugary drinks include:
regular soda drinks
other sugary drinks.
Detect diabetes early
A simple visit to the doctor and a blood test can determine if a person is diabetic. Favorable changes in diet can help regulate blood sugar in order to treat the progression of this disease in time.