The signs of some health problems appear like blinking red warning lights alerting you to an immediate and serious problem. Conditions like a heart attack or stroke fit into that category. But other health issues make themselves known more gradually or subtly, even though they may be just as important. Such is the case with diabetes.
Many signs of diabetes may not seem like a big deal at first or could be mistaken for symptoms of other issues. But recognizing the signs of diabetes as soon as possible after they appear is a critical first step in getting control over your condition and preventing severe complications.
If you are experiencing any of these 10 signs of diabetes, you should make an appointment with your doctor and tell them what you’re feeling so they can make a correct diagnosis. Once you know you have diabetes, you can regain control of your life, manage the condition, and feel better overall.
- More trips to the bathroom. When the body can’t get rid of glucose as it should, it tries to make up for it by doing so through urine. That is why frequent urination is a common sign of diabetes. If you are consistently going more than usual, go to see your doctor.
- Increased or constant thirst. Thirst and dry mouth, even after drinking plenty of fluids, is a common issue for folks with diabetes.
- Itchy skin. If your mouth is dry all the time, that same dehydration will also affect your skin, causing it to become dry and itchy.
- Increased appetite. Diabetes involves the body either not producing insulin (type 1) or not using it efficiently (type 2). When either of those things occurs, food does not get converted into the glucose the body uses for energy. As such, the body may crave more energy, causing people with untreated diabetes to feel hungry even though they have eaten plenty.
- Fatigue or tiredness. If you feel like you have no energy, it may be due to the simple fact that your body isn’t producing energy. While feeling fatigued and tired all the time can be due to lack of sleep and other problems, if you feel that way even though you’re getting enough rest, diabetes may be the culprit.
- Blurred vision. Frequently fluctuating fluid levels can cause the lenses of the eyes to swell and prevent them from focusing correctly.
- Pain or numbness in the feet or legs. Elevated blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage over time, and that damage can manifest itself as numbness, tingling, or pain in your feet.
- Cuts and scrapes that take a long time to heal. Healing wounds takes efficient blood flow, and high blood sugar has a negative impact on blood flow. If your cuts or other injuries are taking an unusually long time to heal, it could be a sign of high blood sugar.
- Extreme weight changes without trying. For people with type 1 diabetes, rapid, unexpected weight gain or loss, without diet or lifestyle changes, is a common early symptom of the condition.
- Experiencing yeast infections. The excessive amount of sugar in the bodies of people with diabetes creates a ripe environment for yeast to thrive.
Take Contol of Your Diabetes and Your Life With CGM
If you receive a diagnosis that you have diabetes after seeing your doctor for any of these symptoms, the good news is that both forms of diabetes are treatable, though not curable. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can keep diabetes at bay, and vigilant monitoring of glucose levels is an indispensable element of diabetes maintenance.
Traditional glucose monitoring involved pricking a finger multiple times a day to get and test blood samples, an inconvenient and uncomfortable burden. Now, however, technology has provided those with diabetes a more accurate and easier way to keep track of their blood sugar levels. Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps those with diabetes stay in control of their condition and their life.
Whether you’ve been living with diabetes for years or if you’ve recently received a diagnosis, CGM may be an excellent glucose monitoring solution. Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.