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10 Early Warning Signs of Diabetes Everyone Should Know!

Type 2 Diabetes affects a massive amount of the population every year worldwide. People with Type 2 Diabetes lose the ability to use glucose in the blood, and prolonged uncontrolled sugar levels can further damage the kidneys and nerves.

With the enormous number of cases surfacing, everyone needs to know the early signs.

The early signs of Type 2 Diabetes are easily noticeable, and you can prevent the disease from progressing if you take the required actions immediately.

Here are ten early warning signs of diabetes that you must be aware of:

Warning Signs of Diabetes

1. Increased and More Frequent Urination

A significant increase in the number of times you urinate is the most common sign of Type 2 Diabetes.

When the sugar levels in the blood are too high, the kidneys cannot keep up with the amount of glucose and try to remove the excess sugar from the blood, which leads to an individual urinating more often.

An average individual urinates 5-7 times a day; if you feel like urinating immediately after you just went, it can be a warning sign.

The production of more urine can also increase the risk of urinary tract infection.

You should consider getting yourself examined by a doctor if you notice that you need to go to the bathroom more often than before.

2. Increased Thirst

If you have been feeling thirsty more than usual, it can be a glaring symptom of Type 2 Diabetes. You may feel thirsty even when you just drank water in such a condition.

Drinking more water leads to more urination and feeds the urination cycle.

You feel thirsty because your body loses additional water when it removes the excess sugar from the blood.

3. Always Feeling Hungry

The body of people with Type 2 Diabetes cannot use insulin properly to help the glucose get into the cells.

That is why they cannot get adequate energy from the food they consume, resulting in constantly feeling hungry.

Excessive hunger, also called Polyphagia, is one of the most prominent signs of Type 2 Diabetes.

4. Sudden Weight Loss

Any unexplained weight loss is a reason for concern and calls for an immediate examination.

People with Type 2 Diabetes lose weight fast because their cells do not get enough glucose. And the body burns muscle and fat to get energy.

Also, when they urinate more frequently, they tend to lose water and more calories from the body, which eventually results in weight loss.

5. Blurred Vision

The eye lens is a flexible membrane surrounded by muscles that keep changing the lens to focus.

These tiny blood vessels in the eyes can be damaged by the excessive sugar levels in the blood.

People with Type 2 Diabetes experience blurry vision in one or both eyes, which may come and go frequently. When the body adapts to the sugar levels, the vision becomes normal again.

If you experience blurriness that dissolves after some time, see a doctor. If you ignore the condition for an extended period, it can put you at risk of fatal conditions such as blindness.

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6. Fatigue

With the busy lifestyle and heavy workload, feeling tired is quite common. But, if you feel tired and constantly exhausted when you haven’t done any physical activity, it can be a warning sign of Type 2 Diabetes.

Please do not ignore this symptom in such cases as it can lead to other health issues.

The fatigue is the result of insufficient sugar moving from the bloodstream into the cells of the body

7. Wounds that Take too Much Time to Heal

When your body has too much sugar level, it can damage blood vessels and nerves. 

This impairs and slows blood flow, and even the small wounds take time to heal.

These wounds and cuts that heal slowly can increase the chances of getting an infection.

People with Type 2 Diabetes often get blisters and ulcers in their feet which take a lot of time to heal and result in fatal complications.

Do not ignore this sign because prolonged abnormal sugar levels can cause damage to your immune system, making it hard for your body to fight infections.

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8. Foot Pain and Numbness

Prolonged exposure to elevated sugar levels in the body can damage all the nerves in the body.

People with Type 2 Diabetes feel tingling, ache, and numbness starting with their feet first and then it proceeds further throughout the body.

Numbness can be potentially dangerous as when your feet will not feel the pain; you will not be aware of the bruises and blisters.

This can lead to open wounds that are susceptible to infections. If you have sudden pain in your feet, consult a doctor immediately.

9. Dark Skin Patches on the Neck

Dark skin patches on the neck, groin, and armpit where the skin also gets thickened; can be symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.

10. High Risk of Getting Vaginal Infections

Women with Type 2 Diabetes are at high risk of getting bacterial and fungal vaginal infections because pathogens multiply quickly when the blood sugar level is high.

Other Symptoms:

  • Fruity smelling breath
  • Overly itchy and irritated skin can be a warning sign of Diabetes.

If you have noticed any of the symptoms mentioned above, visit a doctor to get your blood sugar level tested.

An early diagnosis can stop these symptoms from getting permanent. Without treatment, Type 2 Diabetes can lead to various fatal complications such as heart diseases, nerve damage, loss of vision, kidney diseases, and heart stroke.

Poor choices and various lifestyle factors can cause type 2 Diabetes, so recognizing the signs early can help a person get treatment sooner.

You can effectively reduce the complications by diagnosing this disease early and making appropriate changes in your lifestyle.

So, friends, we hope that going through the above warning signs of diabetes will surely help you.

Dr Maria

MD. Board Certified physician. Fellowship In Family Medicine UK. 8 years of medical experience in Lifestyle-related health disorders. Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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