I just added my first post on Diabetes to give you some good information about the basic information and description of what Diabetes is. This blog will focus on some complications that factor in with Diabetes and what you need to be aware of.
“It is important to be tested for diabetes if you are at risk. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, problems with erection (impotence) and amputation.”(Association C.D., 2017)
Warning signs are usually when you are considered in the pre-diabetes state. The symptoms and signs are very hard to see and are very mild, particularly for Type 2 Diabetes. Some signs that you may be experiencing some symptoms include:
HUNGER AND FATIGUE
I found that before I was diagnosed I was tired quite a bit. I was hungry but could not really satisfy my hunger even after eating a healthy meal. When your body converts the food you eat into glucose, your cells use this for energy. Your cells need and/or if your cells resist the insulin your body makes, the glucose can’t get into them and you have no energy. This can make you more hungry and tired than usual.
PEEING MORE AND BEING THIRSTY
I was getting up in the middle of the night because I had to go to the bathroom. This happened usually about 2-5 times a night and it was very hard to get back to sleep.
The average person usually has to go between four and seven times in 24 hours, but people with diabetes may go a lot more. Why? Normally your body reabsorbs glucose as it passes through your kidneys. When diabetes pushes your blood sugar up, your which creates fluids. You will find yourself going more often and noticing a larger amount. You may also find yourself thirsty so when you drink more, you end up having to go more often. I would wake up, go and then drink water and go back to bed. This process was repeated quite often through the night.
DRY MOUTH OR ITCHING SKIN
Because your body is using fluids to make you go to the washroom, there is less moisture for other bodily functions such as having a dry mouth and getting dehydrated more often. Dry skin can make you itchy because of the lack of fluid going to make sure that your skin is hydrated.
Changing fluid levels in your body could make the lenses in your eyes swell up. They change shape and lose their ability to focus.
I had some of these indicators and did not attribute them to diabetes and pre-diabetes. If you have read my previous post, I indicated that I was pre-diabetic for five years before being diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetic.
I am adding this blog page for you to read and if you have a concern please consult your doctor. I am not a doctor, I can only give you information and some good tips and advice regarding this disease which I am currently living with. It has been quite an adjustment and I am still learning. I hope you stick with me as I add more blogs and information.