Diabetes is one of the most dangerous of diseases, responsible for an estimated 1.5 deaths each year. Diabetes contributes to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and blindness. Yet if often remains hidden. Although it is estimated that nine percent of people throughout the world are stricken with diabetes, and an estimated 1.5 million people die annually from the disease, millions of people do not know they have the disease.
Type One Diabetes is usually diagnosed early in life, but Type Two Diabetes develops gradually. Here are the top ten warning signs you may be developing the disease:
1. Increase in Thirst and Frequency of Urination – If you find that you are thirsty more often than usual, and you are getting up in the middle of the night to urinate, it may be a sign your kidneys are working to dump the extra glucose in your blood.
2. Rapid Weight Loss – A rapid decrease in weight is a side affect of high blood sugar. If you are not on a weight loss program, significant weight loss is a warning sign of diabetes.
3. Fatigue – When glucose in the body is not properly stored, the cells can become starved for energy, causing you to feel weak and exhausted.
4. Hunger – Rapid rises and drops in blood sugar often result in feelings of hunger.
5. Numbness and Pain in Feet – High blood sugar damages nerves, particularly the nerves in the extremities. Numbness and/or shooting pains are a warning sign.
6. Dry Skin – Itchiness and very dry skin are a result of poor circulation caused by high blood sugar.
7. Slow Healing – High blood glucose can damage blood vessels, which interferes with the supply of blood to bruises and cuts. Slow healing of wounds is a common sign of diabetes.
8. Yeast Infections – Diabetes affects the body’s immune system, making you more susceptible to both bacterial and fungal infections. Yeast infections are the most commonly reported infections associated with diabetes.
9. Irritability – Periods of low blood sugar cause you to feel unwell physically, and irritability is part of that process.
10. Changes in vision – Diabetes contributes to cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. If you find your vision changing, that may be a warning sign.
Diabetes can be managed, and Type Two Diabetes may be reversed, but left undiagnosed, the disease can destroy the human body. If you are experiencing one or more of these warning signs, consult your physician immediately.