10 Diabetes Symptoms People Ignore

More than 30 million Americans (about 10 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.3 million who are undiagnosed. Additionally, 1.5 million Americans are newly diagnosed each year. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes cases.

Although there are many early signs of diabetes, some of them are very subtle. Here are 10 subtle signs of diabetes.

Frequent urination
Most people urinate 4-7 times a day. If you make more trips to the bathroom, especially at night, waking up more often means your kidneys are working overtime to get rid of excess blood sugar.
Remember that drinking a lot of water, especially in the evening, can cause frequent urination. If you’re urinating more than once or twice a night, try not to drink after 7 p.m. Avoid caffeinated drinks after 5pm. If you’re getting up several times a night to go to the bathroom, it could be a sign that something else is going on.

Red flag: Frequent trips to the bathroom, despite limiting water and caffeine intake in the evening.

Excessive thirst
If you’re drinking more than 4 liters (one gallon) of water a day and the water isn’t quenching your thirst, it may be due to high blood sugar.
Red Flag: You’re thirsty after drinking water.

Very hungry
When your blood sugar is not properly regulated, it sends conflicting messages to your brain about the need for food.
Red flag: You eat more times a day than usual, or you’re still hungry after eating.

Weakness / fatigue
When sugar can’t enter your cells to provide energy, your kidneys have to work overtime to get rid of the excess sugar. It leaves a feeling of weakness and fatigue.
Red flag: You’re too weak to do daily tasks that you could easily do, or you feel tired after eating.

Pins and needles
High blood sugar can damage nerve endings, especially those farthest from the spinal cord, such as your legs.
Red flag: When you wake up, your legs feel like they’re burning or cramping.

Blurred vision
High blood sugar can cause the lens of the eye to swell and make it difficult to focus. When your sugar gets really high, your vision becomes blurry, but when your sugar drops again, it clears.
Red flags: Road signs, menus, books, and computer screens appear at different times of the day.

Itchy skin
Dehydration (frequent urination) and poor circulation can dry out the skin. Dry skin can cause itching.
Red flag: If you itch more than usual and your skin remains noticeably dry after increasing your water intake.

Increased wound healing and skin infections
High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and arteries and impede circulation. Cuts and bruises take longer to heal if blood flow is abnormal and the skin is prone to infection.
Red flags: Paper cuts, bumps, and bruises that take more than a few days to heal, and can last anywhere from weeks to months.

Unstable mood
Unstable blood sugar levels can lead to irritability. High blood sugar mimics symptoms of depression, such as low energy and a desire to stay in bed.
Red flags: You feel sad or angry, family and friends criticize your unusual behavior, or you have symptoms that mimic depression.

Urinary tract infections and yeast infections
An increase in sugar in the urine is the basis for the growth of bacteria and fungi near the genitals. Urinary tract infection (UTI) is accompanied by a burning sensation when urinating, cloudy, dark, and foul-smelling. Yeast infection is manifested by itching, burning and discharge. People with diabetes are twice as likely to get this type of infection.
Red flag: Frequent urinary tract infections or yeast infections.

Change your diet before calling your doctor
If you experience these subtle symptoms, try low-carb protein and green leafy vegetables. Avoid sugary drinks and drink at least 2 liters of water to see if these symptoms go away.

Subtle symptoms can be the result of eating too many carbohydrates that your body has a hard time managing. These symptoms do not mean you have diabetes, but they are a warning sign that you are headed in that direction.

If you experience any alarming symptoms such as sudden numbness, weakness, or chest pain, see your doctor immediately.

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