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Diabetes Symptoms that You Shouldn’t Ignore

There are main signs that indicate the presence of diabetes that you shouldn’t ignore. If you have doubts about whether or not you have diabetes, pay attention to the following symptoms.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that disrupts the regulation of the amount of glucose in the blood because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or this hormone does not work properly. When glucose is accumulated in the bloodstream, the cells do not receive enough energy and thus the following symptoms are triggered:

    • Frequent and urgent need to urinate

The need to urinate at all times is one of the main symptoms of diabetes, it indicates the presence of too much glucose in the blood. This happens due to the lack or ineffectiveness of the hormone insulin, causing higher blood sugar levels. The kidneys cannot filter glucose so they feel “heavy” and try to dilute the glucose by expelling it via urination. This mechanism keeps the bladder full and increases the urge to urinate.

    • Abnormal increase of thirst

The frequent urge to urinate is related to insatiable thirst, increasing the desire to drink liquids at all times. Faced with the need to go to the bathroom, the body expels a lot of fluid and feels dehydrated, leading us to want to drink more liquids than normal to compensate for the losses.

    • Irregular weight loss

This is one of the main symptoms of type 1 diabetes. This disease inhibits the production of insulin, which causes the body to desperately seek another form of energy. This alternative form of energy is obtained by breaking down muscle tissue and fat, causing the person to lose weight very quickly. Weight loss can also occur in type 2 diabetes, although not as drastically.

    • Fatigue and weakness

Since diabetes is a lack or resistance to insulin (responsible for transporting glucose into the cells for energy), blood sugar levels increase. In the absence of glucose, the cells have no energy and are weakened so that a diabetic person feels more tired than usual.

    • Tingling and numbness in hands and feet

Glucose accumulation in the blood damages the nervous system, especially in the extremities. This damage is known as neuropathy and is evidenced by symptoms such as numbness and tingling sensations in the hands and feet.

Other symptoms of diabetes can be blurred vision, dry or itchy skin and slow healing of wounds and bruises.

Remember that the best to know if you have diabetes visit a doctor. He or she will examine you and provide clearer answers than any guesswork or symptoms.

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