In honor of National Diabetes Month, our team at our fitness center near Wayne, NJ wants to shed light on the 1.25 million Americans who feel the impacts of diabetes on a daily basis. There is a social stigma surround diabetes, but we are hoping that those who suffer will feel more and more comfortable talking about diabetes as the stigma lessens.
It is also important to be aware of the potential warning signs that you have diabetes. The warning signs that you have type 2 diabetes are so mild that you might not even realize you have diabetes until long-term damage is caused. The signs of type 1 diabetes usually happen quickly, even in a matter of days or weeks.
Hunger and Fatigue
When you eat, your body naturally converts your food into glucose that your cells use for energy. In order to bring the glucose in, your cells need insulin. Those who suffer from diabetes do not produce enough insulin on their own, which means you don’t have as much energy as you should. This can also increase your appetite.
Drinking More Fluids and Urinating More Often
People who suffer from diabetes find themselves having to pee a lot more often than the average person. Your body can normally reabsorb the glucose as it passes through your kidneys, but with spiked blood sugar, your kidneys can’t bring it all back. You may also drink more water because you are peeing so often, a cycle that feeds off one another.
The lenses in your eyes may become swollen as they change shape and lose their ability to focus. This is due to the changing fluid levels in your body.
Other symptoms of diabetes include dry mouth, itchy skin, slow-healing sores, pain or numbness in your feet or legs, unplanned weight loss, nausea, and vomiting. As a general rule, it is important to reach out to your doctor if you are skeptical.