Look for these signs and symptoms of diabetes:
Many of the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are similar. Either there is too much glucose in the blood and not enough cells in the body. Glucose levels are high in Type I are due to the lack of insulin because the cells that produce insulin are destroyed. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body's cells become resistant to insulin produced. In both cases, the cells do not receive the glucose they need, and your body lets you know by giving you these signs and symptoms.
Frequent trips to the bathroom:
You're visiting the bathroom much more lately? It seems like you urinate all day? Urinate more often when there is too much glucose in the blood. If insulin is nonexistent or ineffective, the kidneys can not filter new glucose in the blood. They become overwhelmed and try to draw more water from the blood to dilute the glucose. This keeps your bladder full and keeps them running to the bathroom.
If you feel like you can not get enough water and you drink more than usual, could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go hand in hand with frequent urination. If your body will do the excess water from the blood and you're running to the bathroom more, you become dehydrated and feel the need to drink more to replace water lost.
Losing weight without trying:
This symptom is more evident in type 1 diabetes. In type 1, the pancreas stops making insulin, possibly due to a viral attack on pancreas cells or because of an autoimmune response makes the body attack the insulin producing cells. The body desperately seeking a source of energy, because the cells are not always glucose. It starts to break down muscle tissue and fat for energy. Type 2 happens gradually with increasing insulin resistance so weight loss is not so obvious.
Weakness and fatigue:
And 'that bad boy glucose again. Glucose from the food we eat travels into the bloodstream where insulin is supposed to help the transition to the cells of our body. Cells use the energy we need to live production. When there is no insulin or the cells no longer respond, then the glucose stays outside the cells in the blood. The cells are starved of energy and you feel tired and run down.
Tingling or numbness in the hands, legs and feet:
This symptom is called neuropathy. It occurs gradually over time as consistently high blood glucose damages the nervous system, particularly at the ends. Type 2 diabetes is a gradual onset, and people often do not know they have it. Therefore, your blood sugar is high, more than a few years before a diagnosis is made. Damage to the nervous system can crawl without our knowledge. Neuropathy can very often improve when tighter blood glucose control is achieved.
Other signs and symptoms that may occur:
Blurred vision, dry or itchy skin, frequent infections or cuts and bruises that take a long time to heal are also signs that something is wrong. Again, when these signs are associated with diabetes, are the result of high levels of glucose in the body. If you notice any of these signs, an appointment with your doctor. He or she will be able to tell if you have reason to be concerned about a diagnosis of diabetes.