Diabetes – Common Warning & Signs
I’ve already spoken about how Diabetes is one of the fastest growing terrible disease in our article about Diabetes and Juvenile Diabetes. I’ll reiterate yet again that Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest growing chronic conditions and the World Health Organization keeps emphasising its concern over this rapidly destructive disease from time to time.
It does not give a damn about your age, gender, caste, creed, race or anything for that matter and if you don’t already know it, it isn’t even contagious, it just exists out there destroying lives on lives. But the good part is that there are a few ways to deal with it and if managed well, one can minimise the effects significantly.
Let’s briefly examine the simple science behind it:
- Your body digests the food you feed it.
- Then it breaks down the food into glucose and many other nutrients so that they can be absorbed into the blood stream.
- Glucose is the main source of energy that your body requires to carry out its functions.
- Your pancreas produce the hormone called Insulin so that the glucose can enter into the body cells and act as the fuel we need for energy to carry on with all our activities.
- The problem arises when the pancreas either can’t produce Insulin or do not produce enough Insulin for glucose to enter into the body cells.
- This leaves the glucose inside the blood stream and it becomes excessive since the body isn’t able to utilize it. This excess glucose in the blood stream is what we call high blood sugar and beyond a limit, it’s called Diabetes. There are innumerable health problems related with it.
Type 1 Diabetes is where there is no Insulin in the body and the glucose cannot enter the cells.
Type 2 Diabetes is where there is less Insulin than the body needs.
I’ll talk about the common warning signs of either of the types. Type 1 is far more intense are so are the symptoms, in Type 2 it may be mild enough to not even be prominent, but that depends upon the degree of course. If you’ve been experiencing the following, it’s time to get yourself checked to avoid issues with late diagnosis:
- Unexplained fatigue and hunger: When the glucose cannot enter body cells, you’re left energy less and feel both, hunger and fatigue.
- Dehydration and increased need to urinate often: We urinate about four to seven times a day but diabetics urinate a lot more and a lot more often, this inevitably increases thirst as well. Nothing to worry about if you are perfectly healthy but urinate relatively more than other or if you’ve started increasing your fluid intake, in that case, good going!
- Blurry vision: In diabetes the lenses of the eyes swell up and change shape causing a blurred vision, if you’re facing the other symptoms along with a blurred vision, the problem isn’t with your eyes alone, you’re probably an early diabetic.
- Dryness in mouth and itchiness of skin: The dehydration and excessive urination leave very less moisture elsewhere especially in the mouth. The dryness ends up causing itchy skin.
- Declined healing capacity: In case of a wound or cut if your body is taking a lot longer than usual to heal, it’s something that you can’t ignore.
If you’re going through all of these or almost all of these off late, your body is probably hinting graver problems to you and you definitely need to get yourself checked to rule out any possibility of diabetes.