Did you know about 30 million Americans have diabetes? It is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause nerve damage blindness and kidney disease. According to research studies about 84 million Americans are at high risk of developing diabetes.
Here are 5 early warning signs of diabetes that you need to be aware of:
- Frequent urination: When your blood sugar levels are high, some of the glucose is excreted through the urine. This causes you to go to the bathroom more frequently. You may even find yourself getting up in the middle of the night to urinate.
- Increased thirst: This is a very common early warning sign and associated with high blood sugar levels or may be due to the fact that you are urinating more frequently.
- Increased hunger: This symptom is caused because your body is unable to use the glucose properly to nourish. your cells. Despite the fact that you eat more due to increased hunger, you may lose weight.
- Numbness and tingling in your extremities: These symptoms are experienced in your toes, fingers, hands, and feet and may be caused by nerve damage which is also known as diabetic neuropathy.
- Slow-healing wounds: This problem is caused by narrowing of blood vessels, slowing down of circulation and restriction of nutrients needed for healing of wounds.
As this month is celebrated as Diabetes Awareness Month, now is the right time to consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.
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