Because Type 2 Diabetes is a common condition, most people assume that it is easy to spot the early symptoms of the disease. More often than not, the reverse happens to be the case.
This is because the earliest symptoms of diabetes are often subtle or not severe enough to trigger a trip to the doctor’s office. As a result, a lot of people take these symptoms for granted or miss them entirely.
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Type 2 Diabetes left untreated can lead to severe complications associated with it such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, etc.
This makes it imperative for one to take note of the following symptoms and consult the doctor when the disease is still in its early stages.
Increased Thirst And Frequent Urination
These are by far the most common symptoms of diabetes. They occur when the kidneys can’t absorb all the excess sugar in the body.
As a result, the sugar ends up in the urine, making one urinate more and causing dehydration – the more you get thirsty, the more you urinate and vice versa.
If you find yourself urinating more often than normal and this interferes with your everyday life, consider a trip to the doctor.
Diabetes often leads to a constant lack of energy regardless of the amount of food one eats.
The body’s primary source of energy is glucose, which is produced from digested food. In people with diabetes, the body’s cells do not receive enough glucose from the bloodstream.
This results in a constant feeling of hunger regardless of how recently they have eaten.
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Blurry vision which does not have any apparent cause is a red flag. When there is excess sugar in the blood, it can damage the tiny blood vessels in the eye, and lead to blurry vision.
This change in vision is often temporary and should return to normal once you’re able to stabilise your blood sugar levels with treatment.
However, if diabetes goes untreated, this vision loss can become more severe over time and lead to blindness.
Slow Healing Of Wounds
High blood sugar levels lead to poor circulation, preventing blood from reaching and repairing damaged areas of the skin.
Proper blood circulation in the body is what makes it possible for wounds and cuts to heal. In people with diabetes, blood circulation is impeded due to high levels of sugar in the blood.
As a result, small cuts and wounds on the body that would often heal within days may take weeks or even months to disappear.
Itchy Skin And Yeast Infections
Excess sugar in the blood is food for yeast. This allows yeast to thrive in the body, eventually leading to infection.
Due to high blood sugar levels, people with diabetes are prone to developing yeast infections. These infections tend to occur in moist areas of the body such as the mouth, genital areas, and the armpits.
People with yeast infections may experience itchiness or even redness and soreness.
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