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Diabetic Symptoms: Tips To Diagnose Early

When your body can't make enough insulin, or your cells aren't responding to insulin, you get a high blood sugar reading. People with diabetes often complain of having the following ailments or diabetic symptoms:

Diabetes Type 1

This occurs when the body stops making insulin, or makes too small an amount of it. There are about ten percent of diabetes in the US is this type of the disease. It usually affects adults and children and is commonly called juvenile diabetes. Adults, who have had their pancreases removed because of alcoholism or damage from an injury, can also get type 1. Daily insulin shot is necessary to keep these patients alive.

Diabetes Type 2

With type 2, the pancreas makes insulin but the body cells are resistant to its effects. This makes the insulin useless either part of or all of the time, as it's ignored. Type 2 may also be called insulin resistance. In a person with type 2 diabetes, the body tries to make even more insulin than normal because it thinks there is a lack of it. Because the production of insulin is not meeting the needs of the body (it thinks), the pancreas struggles with production of it. This results in type 2 diabetes. Approximately 90% of diabetics in the US are people with type 2.

Gestational Diabetes – Pregnancy Diabetes

GDM, or Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. It resembles type 2 diabetes because of insufficient insulin production and unresponsiveness. About 2-5% of pregnant women get it and after giving birth, the symptoms may disappear or lessen. Up to 50% of women who develop GDM while pregnant, and who deliver babies over 9 pounds, will likely develop type 2 diabetes later in their life.

Common signs to look for:

• Sores that can take longer than usual to heal
• Itchy skin
• Blurred vision
• Numbness in feet or hands
• Pain in the abdomen
• Yeast infections in skin, vaginal area, or gums
• Skin rashes
• Weight loss
• Deep breathing
• Extreme hunger and thirst
• Tiredness or fatigue
• Urination that's frequent
• Vomiting or nausea

Early Symptoms You May Not Notice

Some of these symptoms can be very subtle or even seem harmless. You may also have diabetes for months or years, along with no symptoms at all. Two top warning signs are the increased need to take in fluids, along with the increase need to urinate. When your kidneys are working overtime to filter out excess sugar, it can build up in your blood. Any extra sugar that cannot be processed is excreted along with fluids. This is the trigger for excessive urination. In turn, this can leave you dehydrated. When you drink more because you're thirsty, you'll keep increasing the visits to the bathroom.

By: JennyJ

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