Recognizing symptoms for diabetes

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We know that diabetes is a common disease that afflicts many in the modern world. Our lifestyles and dietary habits have contributed to this. Our bodies need insulin to use sugar as an energy source, as insulin is the hormone that controls the glucose level in our blood. Diabetes is the chronic disease where the body cannot produce insulin or use the insulin it produces properly to manage sugar levels.

It is always best to be aware or refresh ourselves about some of the symptoms that occur when you are diabetic. This way you can get proper treatment and medication to control the disease, though unfortunately there is no cure.

Weight Change

This is when you experience unintentional and unexplainable weight loss. Insufficient insulin prevents the body from getting the necessary glucose from the blood to the body’s cells. It is this blood that is used for energy. When there is not enough energy, the body starts burning fat and muscle to make up the difference, resulting in unnatural weight loss.

Unusual thirst

It is an excessive thirst that feels almost unquenchable and is usually one of the initial symptoms of diabetes. At times this thirst will be accompanied by a dryness of mouth which could be temporary or prolonged. We all drink water throughout the day, especially in the type of warm weather Sri Lanka has. However, if you experience a continued thirst even after you drink, then it could be sign.

Low energy and fatigue

Despite getting a good night’s sleep, resting and eating well and you still feel a lack of energy and constantly tired, then it could be a result of either low or high sugar levels.  If you cannot find a clear reason for this, then it could be an indicator of fluctuating sugar levels.

Blurred Vision

You may find your vision blurring suddenly, without any external factors such as stress or lack of sleep being the cause. There will be a noticeable loss of sharpness of vision at times and an inability to see fine details. This could be an indication of too high or too low blood glucose levels.

Frequent urination

Along with needing to urinate more often, you will find that your urine output is unusually large and more than your actual intake of fluids.

Slow healing

When you have high levels of blood glucose it can over time lead to poor blood circulation. This makes it hard for blood to reach areas that need skin repair, such as wounds. This is why a person with diabetes takes longer to heal.

These are some of the main symptoms of diabetes and if mindful, can be recognized for action. If you recognize any of these symptoms and suspect that you may have diabetes, you should get a random or fasting blood sugar test done immediately. Show these results to an expert consultant at the Western Hospital and check our Diabetes packages, to receive comprehensive care, guidance and treatment.