While only a doctor can diagnose diabetes via at least two different blood glucose tests, there are a number of early warning signs that should get you to the doctor to take the first of at least two tests. It is important to note, however, that in a study conducted by Diabetes Care back in 2007, showed that out of a group of 15,000 folks being treated for diabetes, 44% of them said they didn’t have a single symptom. Interesting to be sure, and is likely the reason that nearly a third of the people that have diabetes don’t even have a clue that they have it.
Even though 44% of the 15,000 folks didn’t have any symptoms, that means 56% did. That makes knowing the top 6 early warning signs very worthwhile as the sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can get down the business of treating it.
The Six Most Common Warning Signs That You May Have Diabetes
If you have one or more of these symptoms, it only makes good sense that you get tested.
1. Frequent thirst and frequent urination
Glucose in your urine will draw more water out of your blood, so more there is more urine. Of course the more urine you have on board, makes for more trips to the bathroom – both during the day and at night. Once the amount of water in your blood decreases, you end up drinking much more frequently because you naturally feel more thirsty.
2. Excessive Hunger
When your body is unable to generate energy in the form of glucose to its various muscles, you will start to feel hungry. This is regardless of all the extra glucose that is in the blood stream. Seems odd for sure, but it’s why this condition is referred to as “starvation in the midst of plenty.”
3. Blurry Vision
This is a symptom that can’t be missed because you won’t be able to see clearly when it’s present. What happens is that your glucose levels move from a normal state to a very high level. Once this takes place, your eye’s lens start to swell due to the water intake. The resulting swelling interferes with the eyes ability to focus light at the correct location and you end up with blurry vision.
4. Weight Loss
Hard to believe, but true. Some folks that have diabetes actually lose weight because of the lack of insulin. Insulin acts as a the “builder” hormone. A lack of insulin causes your body to start to break down. You’ll start by losing muscle tissue. Some of the muscle tissue will turn into glucose and will leave your body in your urine. Then, fat tissue starts breaking down that provide an alternative source of energy. As this process takes place, and you are also losing the glucose in your urine output, weight loss occurs. This is not all that common as most folks with diabetes are overweight and do not find themselves losing weight.
When you don’t have sufficient insulin being produced, it can’t get into muscle or fat cells that need it to function properly. When this happens, glucose is no longer able to act as a fuel for muscles or to be part of all of the other chemical reactions that need to take place to generate energy. It’s not uncommon for someone with diabetes to complain of fatigue, but then is revived after treatment that permits glucose to enter their cells once again.
6. Continual vaginal infections in women
Once your blood glucose level starts to rise, all of the fluids in your body will have higher levels of glucose in them. This includes the sweat and bodily fluids such as semen in men and vaginal secretions in women. Bacteria and fungi love a high glucose environment, which will cause women itching and burning, and unusual discharge from the vagina, along with an unpleasant odor.