By: Annie Morgan
More than three million Americans each year are diagnosed with diabetes.
And with poor eating habits and a sugar-addicted nation – the likelihood of more Americans getting diagnosed with diabetes is on the path to increase.
But there are warning signs of early diabetes that can stop this horrific disease before it starts.
And if you know what to look for, you might be able to reverse pre-diabetes and save yourself from a lifetime of expenses, pain, and possibly even death.
Unfortunately, many people miss the red flags because they don’t know what to look for.
If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms – see your doctor so they can run the necessary tests to determine if you have diabetes.
- Extreme Fatigue: One of the first early warning signs of Type 2 diabetes is extreme fatigue.
And we’re talking about the type where your body feels like you can’t even get out of bed – even after you slept eight hours.
It’s all about the blood sugar.
Type 2 diabetes can often cause hyperglycemia which leads to extreme fatigue…
… which can then cause a whole other host of problems like dehydration due to high blood sugar, which then makes you tired.
It’s a never-ending cycle.
Diabetes is also known to wreak havoc on your kidneys – so it’s critical to make sure you are drinking enough water each day.
Being fatigued doesn’t mean you have Type 2 diabetes, but certainly, pay attention if your fatigue comes with other symptoms.
- Dry Mouth: Dry mouth can lead to all kinds of problems like difficulty swallowing, cracked lips, gum infections and internal sores.
It is another common symptom of people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes – and can also happen due to medication.
Make sure to schedule regular dentist appointments and get your teeth cleaned regularly, and if your mouth is sore you might want to avoid spicy foods.
And again, don’t forget to drink water!
- Cuts & Sores That Are Slow to Heal: Be on the lookout if you notice your blisters and other small cuts are taking longer than normal to heal.
Many people first realize they have diabetes when that scrape on their knee just simply doesn’t heal at all.
And cuts that have difficulty healing can lead to infection, and in extreme cases, even amputation should something such as a foot ulcer develop.
Medical News Today reported:
“When blood glucose remains permanently high, it impairs the function of white blood cells. White blood cells are central to the role of the immune system. When white blood cells are unable to function correctly, the body is less able to fight bacteria and close wounds.
People with uncontrolled diabetes may develop poor circulation. As circulation slows down, blood moves more slowly, which makes it more difficult for the body to deliver nutrients to wounds. As a result, the injuries heal slowly, or may not heal at all.”
Don’t wait until you are a full-blown diabetic to start taking care of your health.
With Type 2 diabetes, prevention really is key.
Remember to take healthy steps and choose to eat healthy foods.
And don’t neglect exercise!
Our bodies were made to move.
If you’ve been sedentary for a long time… don’t start out with CrossFit.
Try something small – like walking, and then slowly start to increase your physical activity.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t something optional these days – it’s necessary if you want to avoid paying thousands of dollars for medication just to keep you alive and somewhat pain-free.
Furthermore, as Freedom Health News previously reported, many medications used to treat diabetes are actually dangerous.
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t guarantee you won’t get sick – but it certainly improves your odds.
Have you ever experienced any of the above symptoms before?
What are some steps you can take today to improve your health?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the early warning signs of Type 2 Diabetes.