Diabetes signs and symptoms

No, there’s nothing new at the sound of the word diabetes. And sadly there’s no permanent cure to crush the head of this monster so to speak. Just any one will do for diabetes to wrap its evil tentacles around. It is shattering to know the bleak diagnosis as that indicates a lifestyle change. This disease is lifestyle related and can be caused by environmental factors, heredity and obesity. How ever the exact reason is not known.

The main culprit of the disease is the malfunctioning pancreas. It fails to produce sufficient amount of insulin or none at all which in turn leads to a series of problems. Glucose begins to rise to a crazy high in the bloodstream. The insulin is ineffective in transporting it into the body cells where it is converted into energy. Increase in the blood sugar level is an important diabetes sign to watch out for. The amount of insulin secretes is equivalent to the amount of glucose our body gets.

Some common symptoms or early warning signs of the disease include frequent urination, increased appetite, fatigue, excessive thirst, weight loss or gain, blurry vision, tiredness, stubborn vaginal or bladder infections, depression, tingling in the hands and feet. Irritability, slow healing wounds and infections, dark velvety patches on the skin and listlessness. If caught in its track in the early stages then it can be managed and controlled more effectively.

Diabetes also betrays itself by exhibiting symptoms like impotency, erectile dysfunction, headaches, dry mouth, vomiting, nausea, itchy skin (especially around the groin and vaginal area) and yeast infections. Not forgetting red, swollen, tender gums. Flu like symptoms should not be neglected. Neglect of the symptoms will lead to severe complications and irreparable damage to the heart, kidney, nerves and eyes. Gangrene and amputations are a possibility as well.

This killer disease has been slotted into three main categories and these are Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes most often strikes children but adults can develop it as well. The body is not able to make insulin and attacks its own cells in the bargain. Sugar levels reach an all time high and can be life threatening. Type 2 diabetes the pancreas makes insulin but the cells cannot make use of it. The constant build up of sugar in the blood stream leads to type 2 diabetes. Gestational occurs in pregnant women only. Once the baby is born the symptoms die down but there is no guarantee, the mother and child in all probability will develop Type 2 diabetes later on in life.

Diabetes, so far has no permanent cure. However it is not the immediate end of the world or your world either. When you first learn its horrible news I understand BUT bounce back and walk down the pathway called life with your head held high and your heart brimming with courage and confidence. The more you magnify the disease it will destroy you, a principle worth remembering. With support from your family and loved ones and the doctor of course life will be pleasant. You and your attitude matter most of all.

Live and let live!!

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