Secret killer

Symptoms of Diabetes (the Secret-Killer)

 

People can often have diabetes and be totally unaware. The main reason for this is that the symptoms, seem harmless. However, the earlier diabetes is diagnosed, greater the chances of avoiding serious complications, exists.

Here’s a list of the most common diabetes symptoms:

  • Frequent urination

    Have you been going to the bathroom to urinate more often recently? Do you notice that you spend most of the day going to the toilet? When there is too much glucose (sugar) in your blood you will urinate more often. If your insulin is ineffective, or not there at all, your kidneys cannot filter the glucose back into the blood. The kidneys will take water from your blood in order to dilute the glucose – which in turn fills up your bladder. Try out Kegel Exercises

    ( for women / for men ) if in case you suffer from incontinence too.

 

  • Disproportionate thirst

    If you are urinating more than usual, you will need to replace that lost liquid. You will be drinking more than usual. Have you been drinking more than usual lately? Once you get up in the morning, try and drink up to 1.24 liters of water even before you brush your teeth. This, of course may be done when you are sure that you may not go out for a couple of hours when the urge for urinating emanates and you do not have a rest room/area.

    It’s always good to get up early, like 6.00 – 7.00 am during summer and 7.00 – 7.30 am during winter (if it is chilly). People normally tend to get up much later during weekends, stating that they do not need to attend Office or go to work. The important work now is to GET UP. Your body needs to start WORKING. Even if you work from home, maintain a proper discipline and respect your own body.

    Similarly, a couple of hours before you hit the bed, avoid drinking water and other fluids to save you from the trauma -persistent urination.

  • Intense hunger

    As the insulin in your blood is not working properly, or is not there at all, and your cells are not getting their energy, your body may react by trying to find more energy – food. You will become hungry. The adage goes — Do not feast or fast. it is like telling you to have breakfast like a prince, lunch like a king and dinner like a beggar.

  • Weight gain

    This might be the result of the above symptom (intense hunger). Any vegetable that grows beneath the ground level needs to be avoided or lesser eaten (example: potato, beetroot, carrot, radish ….)

  • Unusual weight loss

    This is more common among people with Diabetes Type 1. As your body is not making insulin it will seek out another energy source (the cells aren’t getting glucose). Muscle tissue and fat will be broken down for energy. As Type 1 is more of a sudden onset and Type 2 is much more gradual, weight loss is more noticeable with Type 1. Eating small quantities at frequent intervals is recommended – intervals in the sense, 2-3 hours.

  • Increased fatigue

    If your insulin is not working properly, or is not there at all, glucose will not be entering your cells and providing them with energy. This will make you feel tired and listless.

  • Irritability

    Irritability can be due to your lack of energy. Try to be calm because being calm always helps you to interact with your body well. Sudden outbursts do not go well with your diabetic body. They rather harm you, your reputation and other’s feelings towards you, as well. Ask yourself whether you really need such a state.

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  • Blurred vision

    This can be caused by tissue being pulled from your eye lenses. This affects your eyes’ ability to focus. With proper treatment this can be treated. There are severe cases where blindness or prolonged vision problems can occur. you may know more from here. However, be on the guard if some ophthalmologist tells you that you need immediate surgery or something like that. Do not get perturbed / frightened. Such anxious moments tell upon the state of your health, also. Try to obtain a second / third opinion, if need be.

  • Cuts and bruises don’t heal properly or quickly

    Do you find cuts and bruises take a much longer time than usual to heal? When there is more sugar (glucose) in your body, its ability to heal can be undermined.

  • More skin and/or yeast infections

    When there is more sugar in your body, its ability to recover from infections is affected. Women with diabetes find it especially difficult to recover from bladder and vaginal infections.

  • Itchy skin

    A feeling of itchiness on your skin is sometimes a symptom of diabetes. More information may be had from here.

  • Gums are red and/or swollen – Gums pull away from teeth

    If your gums are tender, red and/or swollen this could be a sign of diabetes. Your teeth could become loose as the gums pull away from them. If you see blood while brushing your teeth, do not panic immediately. It may be because of the hard bristles in the brush, also. Try brushing with your finger for a day or so. That tends to do good, albeit temporarily.

  • Frequent gum disease/infection

    As well as the previous gum symptoms, you may experience more frequent gum disease and/or gum infections.

  • Sexual dysfunction among men

    If you are over 50 and experience frequent or constant sexual dysfunction (erectile dysfunction), it could be a symptom of diabetes. However, at that age don’t you think it is time for giving some of your body parts rest for the rest of your life. This is time enough to become more spiritual and get ready for your re-tired life.

  • Numbness or tingling, especially in your feet and hands

    If there is too much sugar in your body your nerves could become damaged, as could the tiny blood vessels that feed those nerves. You may experience tingling and/or numbness in your hands and feet.

IN FACT, IN MOST CASES, THE DOCTOR WHO DIAGNOSES YOU TO BEING DIABETIC IS “THE SECRET KILLER” AND NOT THE DISEASE BY ITSELF. No offence is meant to the medical fraternity.

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There are many ways to help prevent the onset of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes — and making healthy lifestyle changes, including losing weight and getting regular exercise, is a great place to start.

Prediabetes foodsTHE SMILE IS NOT FAR AWAY

In fact, weight loss and other healthy habits have been found to be more effective than medications for reversing pre-diabetes, a precursor to diabetes with which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not as high as in diabetes. If you are following a healthy diet, you are taking the right steps. To reverse pre-diabetes (and prevent type 2 diabetes), try these smart-eating guidelines:

  • Eat whole grains, such as brown rice, barley, wild rice, slow-cooking oatmeal, and whole-grain breads and pastas. Quinoa is another healthy option.

  • Enjoy beans and other legumes (e.g., beans and lentils, or generally pulse) frequently.

  • Eat plenty of vegetables, prepared without unhealthy fats (like stick margarine and butter) or sweetened sauces.

  • Choose whole, fresh fruits like berries, apples, and citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit halves. Avoid canned or jarred fruits with added sweeteners or syrups.

  • Include nonfat or low-fat dairy in your diet, such as fat-free or low-fat milk, plain or artificially sweetened low-fat soy milk, nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt, and artificially sweetened low-fat or nonfat flavored yogurt.

  • Focus on lean proteins, like fish and shellfish, skinless poultry breasts, and lean cuts of meat.

  • Use healthy cooking methods, such as baking, roasting, broiling, or grilling.

  • Avoid saturated fats and trans fats; instead, choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, found in olive oil and canola oil, for example, or foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish.

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