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The Most Common Symptoms of Diabetes

The symptoms of diabetes are numerous and varied. While there is a difference in how type 1 and type 2 diabetes take form, the symptoms below pertain to both forms of the disease unless noted otherwise. Here are the warning signs to look out for if you think you have diabetes.

Food and Energy

When you eat, your body converts food to glucose which is usually absorbed by your cells for energy. Your cells use the hormone insulin to absorb that energy. If you have diabetes, your cells may resist insulin and reduce the amount of energy they can produce. You may feel sluggish or extremely fatigued as a result.

You may also feel more hungry, even if you’ve already eaten. Since your cells aren’t able to create energy from glucose, your body turns to other sources for energy. It may begin burning muscle and fat, causing unexpected weight loss.

The keto diet is becoming a popular nutrition plan, and there are claims that it may be beneficial for those with diabetes. If you suspect you have diabetes, consult your physician before making any major changes to your diet, including going on the keto diet.

Drinks and Liquids

Diabetes also affects how your body retains water. Your kidneys are responsible for reabsorbing glucose, but high blood pressure may overwhelm your kidney. Your body may make more urine to compensate, which causes frequent trips to the bathroom.

As you urinate more frequently, you may become very thirsty. Drinking more water in turn causes more frequent urination, so you may find yourself spending much more time in the restroom. These rapidly fluctuating fluid levels in your body may also affect your vision. Your eyes’ lenses may swell, causing blurry vision.

Other Effects on the Body

Diabetes symptoms can span the entire body. High levels of glucose in the blood can affect your body’s ability to heal. Cuts and bruises may be slow to heal, and you may have high blood pressure, especially if you have type 2 diabetes. Those with type 2 diabetes may also experience tingling, pain or numbness in their hands or feet.

Both men and women may also experience yeast infections. Yeast is a living organism that seeks out glucose, which is in ample supply in those with diabetes. If you are experiencing frequent yeast infections between your fingers and toes or around your genitals, it may be a symptom of diabetes.

Education Sessions

If you’d like to learn more about managing your diabetes, attend our free 2-part education sessions. To reserve your spot, call 317-626-2452.

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