Knowing Your Diabetes Symptoms
What is disturbing about current statistics compiled by the ADA which show that 7% of the current national population or about 20.8 million children and adults have diabetes is that while almost three-fourths know what they are suffering from while 6.2 million are not even aware that what they are experiencing are diabetes symptoms.
Diabetes symptoms are the following: frequent urination, are always thirsty (even after you have drunk quite a quantity of water) and your vision sometimes suddenly becomes blurred .The symptoms described like excessive urination or polyuria, thirst and increased intake of fluids or polydipsia and blurred vision are all symptomatic of the body’s heightened blood sugar levels as a result of low levels of the hormone insulin. Excessive thirst happens because the body is attempting to reduce the amount of excessive glucose in the bloodstream. The same mechanism applies with excessive urination as a natural consequence of having to drink enough to weaken excessive blood sugar levels. Hunger is also a common symptom when cells demand energy but in the diabetic, little energy actually gets into the cells and instead, the food gets converted to more blood sugar. Other diabetes symptoms include weight loss; more common for type 1; fatigue as a result of impaired body metabolisms; and bad moods which are a psychological result from hunger.
Diabetes symptoms in children
Diabetes symptoms in children are the following: if kids are constantly thirsty, suffer from unexplainable weight loss, are always tired and urinate frequently. Other symptoms that children with diabetes may exhibit include stomach pains, frequent headaches and even sudden mood changes.
Generally, diabetes specialists would like to define the disorder as actually encompassing several syndromes each with its own set of causes and risk factors. In fact, ongoing research shows that more sub-types are being discovered which means specific treatments for each. In terms of symptoms, diabetes symptoms are observed to be similar for all kinds of diabetes. The difference lies in the severity or degree, and in the matter of time that these symptoms are there before diagnosis is made. Normally in type 1 diabetes, the diabetes symptoms would typically be there only for a number of weeks before a complication brought about by the disease makes it necessary for a medical check-up. In contrast, the problem with type 2 diabetes is that sufferers from this type will have diabetes symptoms for a long time without knowing they have it until the more severe complications crop up.
Diabetes mellitus can increase cardiovascular risks
Without the immediate medical attention that can be given when symptoms are immediately identified, diabetes can lead to serious complications and conditions. Acute hypoglycemia can sometimes lead to hypoglycemic shock and eventually coma. Among the elderly, diabetes mellitus can increase cardiovascular risks, retinal failure, nerve damage and chronic renal failure. In men, the effects on microvascular functions can lead to impotence. Wounds generally take longer to heal and it is not common for some diabetes sufferers who have received inadequate medical attention to suffer the horrid effects of gangrene which in some cases, results to amputation for tissue that is already beyond salvage.
In general, everyone should a thorough check-up at least once a year to be sure. If you happen to belong with a family with a history of diabetes, the more imperative it is to get accurate assessment and diagnosis.