How to know if you have diabetes
It is extremely important to know if you have diabetes, and a lot of type 2s don't know. The earlier you start taking care of it, the better you will be able to limit the complications. A second impressive reason is that for the first few years, it can often be reversed.
High blood sugars usually result in more urine being produced than normal. Both are possible indications of diabetes. How to tell if a person urinates more than normal? Fortunately it is simple. Normal is sleeping through the night without waking up to urinate.
Diabetes is not necessarily the cause for this. Having a beer before you go to bed would be one of the more trivial possibilities. This is just an indication but worth mentioning to a doctor.
Other indications are:
Slow healing of cuts or skin injuries. That one was noticeable, and I wondered about it.
Dark patches of skin. In my case these looked like the dark patches you sometimes see under people's eyes. They were larger under my eyes, and there was another patch on my face. The skin condition is called acanthosis nigricans. It is common in people whose bodies are not responding correctly to insulin.
A weight loss without increasing exercise or reducing calories. This is not a healthy weight loss. It only happens because muscle cells are not getting glucose, the body thinks it is starving, and it starts breaking down muscle.
Frequent colds. The immune system doesn't work as well when blood sugars are high. Diabetics are sometimes diagnosed after complaining about frequent colds.
Unusual hunger. It goes along with losing weight as above. When the body cells don't receive glucose, they trigger hunger.
In addition, when the body gets used to high glucose, it starts to feel hungry when it is in the normal range. This seems low now. Waking up my sugars would be near normal after a lot of hours of not eating. I only found that out after I started measuring them. Before I found out, if breakfast was delayed, I could get stressed, and it wasn't pretty.
Fatigue. I was more tired than usual, and diabetics mention this frequently. I was taking naps during the day for the first time in my life. Then I'd have to wake up at night to go to the bathroom and that seemed unfortunate too. I couldn't get a good sleep in addition to being fatigued.
Many diabetics have no symptoms at all when they are diagnosed, including thirst, urination, hunger or fatigue. If you have a reason to be concerned, do talk to a doctor.
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Type 2 Diabetes - Are You Sure You Don't Have It?
Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the Western World. Given the fact that it is partly hereditary, this is to be expected, but its growth more than accounts for any hereditary aspect.
It is also a fact that that about 30% of people who have the disease, don't know they have it.
This is because unlike many forms of illness, type 2 diabetes comes without any fanfare, no obvious symptoms, just a sort of malaise, which many people put down to getting older, or the increasing amount of pressure they are under at work. Some even believe they are fit, just as I did. Here's what happened.
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July 2008. However, doctors think I probably became diabetic some 2 years earlier.
In those days, I had a small business working for insurance companies dealing with flood and fire insurance claims. My team and I would go in, assess the damage and strip out all the damaged parts of the house or offices. It was quite physical work, interspersed with periods of driving in between.
We had been doing this for some 17 years and I was 46 years old when I found that I had to take a "power nap" of 10 minutes at about 4.00 in the afternoon every working day. After about a year this went to 25 minutes. I would always wake refreshed and ready to get on.
More time passed and I found that I could go to sleep anywhere and at any time, and still wake and be alert - I thought perhaps I had narcolepsy. I also thought I was just getting too old for the physical work.
Towards the end of this 2 year lead up to diagnosis, I suddenly developed a tremendous thirst. I would literally drink about 5 gallons of bottled water a day. After about two weeks, (notice how I still didn't go to the doctor?), my vision became slightly blurred.
I continued to blame this on old age, but I was beginning to feel something was wrong. Then one Saturday morning I woke up and everything was so blurred, I just couldn't see anything clearly. I certainly couldn't drive.
That prompted me to go to the doctor and the diagnosis was type 2 diabetes.
The moral of this story is to go to the doctor for a check up whenever you have a noticeable change to your metabolism, like needing to sleep in the day.
The fact is, after just 3 months I was put on insulin, which does place some restrictions on you. If I had gone to the doctors earlier, it may well have been that my diabetes could have been treated with tablets and diet only, without the bother of injections, restricted driving license and job choice that insulin brings.
Don't just blame everything on getting older.
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