Diabetes symptoms can often be mistaken for other ailments but they will become progressively worse if blood sugars are out of control. As time goes on , it is very important that you remain closely in tune to any appearance of these diabetes symptoms. Any evidence of these symptoms below should serve as a warning sign of diabetes that may be out of control:
When the body is unable to use the glucose in the blood stream, it starts to back up. When it accumulates to a certain point, it creates the condition called hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. High blood sugar is the number 1 symptom of diabetes and it can be diagnosed with a glucose blood test.
Those who are newly diagnosed with diabetes usually experience a lack of energy and feeling fatigued. This is due to the fact that your body can no longer convert food sugars into energy. High blood sugars are directly linked to feeling lethargic. A diabetic who can normalize his or her blood sugar will be rewarded with the feeling of being alert, and no longer chronically tired.
The body normally converts food sugar into energy. The diabetic person is unable to convert the sugar in the bloodstream into energy so the body gets its energy from stored fat instead. As these stored fats are used up, the diabetic person will lose weight.
Blood circulates through the kidneys where, normally, the unused sugar is recycled for later use or for storage. However, when the blood sugar levels are high, the kidneys are unable to recycle it all. The excess sugar spills into the urine, drawing additional wate with it and resulting in large volumes of urine. This aacounts for frequent urination. Since the body is now depleted of its normal amounts of fluid,it will send out thirst signals, telling you to drink more fluids.
Too much glucose in the blood can have a negative impact on many functions of the blood, including the immune system. Higher blood glucose levels can lead to a greater risk of infections. White blood cells attack the invading bacteria and viruses that cause infections but an excess of glucose can make the immune cells less effective. This can keep them from destroying their targets ---the invading microorganisms that can cause infections. The invading microorganisms can also feed on the extra glucose in the blood . making infection even more likely. People with diabetes tend to have more infections everywhere including in the mouth and gums, lungs,skin, feet and genital areas.It doesn't matter where in the body an infection begins---an infection can be prevented or treated with better blood sugar control and antibiotics.
Hypoglycemia is not unusual in people who are taking glucose lowering medications, such as insulin. It occurs when blood glucose levels gets too low. The signs of hypoglycemia can vary. At the beginning of a hypoglycemic reaction, you might feel dizzy, shaky, sweaty, or faint. If untreated, you could lose consciousness. Hypoglycemia usually occurs just before meals, during or after strenous exercise, or when insulin is peaking. Sometimes, you might even get hypoglycemia during the night while you are sleeping.
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