Diabetes is a chronic, often hidden medical condition that affects 37.3 million Americans, or about 1 in 10. Approximately 1 in 5 people with diabetes don’t know they have it.
With diabetes, your body has problems dealing with insulin. Either you don’t produce enough insulin to regulate your blood glucose levels, or your body stops using glucose effectively.
Insulin is necessary for regulating blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. When glucose levels are too high or fluctuate, it can cause serious health complications. Diabetes affects every part of your body, because every organ requires blood flow to deliver nutrients and carry away waste.
Discovering that you have diabetes in the early stages allows you to get a handle on treatment to regulate blood sugar and avoid negative impacts. With Type 2 diabetes, you may be able to reverse it if caught and treated early enough.
Dr. Ralph Ryback and his skilled team at Dynamic Health and Wellness Center in Tampa, Florida, can diagnose diabetes, determine its type, and work with you to devise a treatment plan to keep you healthy for the long term.
Here are six early warning signs, or symptoms, that indicate you may have diabetes.
Your body uses insulin to help convert the food you eat into glucose, which your body’s cells process for energy. Without the right access to insulin or the correct amounts, your body can’t fully process the food you eat. This leaves you feeling hungry, tired, and lacking energy.
When high glucose levels reach your kidneys, they struggle to reabsorb the extra amount and you produce more urine. This, in turn, triggers your body’s need for fluids, so you feel thirsty. Look for more frequent trips to the bathroom and large volumes of urine each time.
A constant sense of thirst due to low body fluids from excessive urination can lead to dehydration. Signs of this include a dry mouth (or cottonmouth) and dry, itchy skin.
Increased blood glucose levels and shifting fluid levels in your body can affect the lenses in your eyes, making it more difficult to focus your vision. One symptom of this is swollen lenses, which an optometrist can detect.
Yeast thrives in moist, warm folds and body crevices like the genitals, underneath breasts or fatty folds, and between fingers and toes. High blood sugar levels can cause more frequent yeast infections, typically in these areas.
With Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate your glucose levels. Because your body struggles to get enough energy from the food you eat, it burns fat and eventually muscle for the energy your body needs. This can cause unexplained weight loss.
Plus, as the body burns fat, it produces ketones. High levels of ketones in the system can cause nausea and vomiting.
Dr. Ryback can perform diabetes screening to determine if you have this condition. If so, he can help you create a treatment plan. This often includes dietary and lifestyle changes, exercise, and even medication.
Contact Dynamic Health and Wellness Center today to schedule an exam and diabetes screening if you notice any of the above symptoms.