According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2007 (which is the most recent data they have), 7.8% (23.6 million) of the population have diabetes … that's almost 8 in 100 people.
So how do you know if you have diabetes?
Here are some common symptoms of diabetes. If you think you might have diabetes after reading the signs below, please go to the Doctor right away.
- Exhaustion typically caused by an imbalance in blood sugar
- Dark areas on the skin with creases, typically in the armpits, groin and neck
- Recurring yeast infections
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Sometimes nausea
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision (If your blood sugar goes too high, fluid can be rolled out of the eye lenses which will affect vision)
- Having to urinate a lot (Excess sugar builds up in the bloodstream because some of the glucose can not get to the cells … so fluid is dropped from the tissues in your body which also may make you constantly thirsty.)
- Sores on body that can resemble pimples … that heal slowly (could result due to the fact that the body has gone a long time without insulin)
- Sometimes sores develop on the feet … and since a lot of times, nerves are damaged from the diabetes, a person with diabetes might not notice the sore (s) on the feet.
Going back to damaged nerves, a lot of diabetics develop diabetic neuropathy which results in an insensitivity or tingling … a lot of times in the feet … to heat, cold and pain.