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Diabetes Warning Signs

by Valerie on October 1, 2010

People with a family history of diabetes usually are familiar with the warning signs for diabetes, but those with no direct experience often have no idea what sort of symptoms can possibly point to diabetes. To make things worse, generally, those folks with no family history of the disease are not tested as frequently, and medical practitioners might overlook the possibility of diabetes when diagnosing a medical condition. Diabetes does tend to run in families, however, that is not always the case.

A healthy body changes a large amount of your food intake into glucose, which is a form of sugar, for your body to use for fuel.  The pancreas produces insulin, which allows the glucose to be used by all of the cells in your body. If you have diabetes, the process does not work properly.

In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce any insulin, and in Type 2 diabetes, the amount produced is not enough, or the body’s cells ignore it. Almost 95% of those diagnosed have Type 2 diabetes. Some diabetes can be controlled with a good, healthy diet and exercise. Losing weight and staying away from refined sugar and other insulin-spiking foods can keep your blood sugar in the normal range.  Of course, if exercise and diet alone don’t normalize your sugar level, you will probably need to use insulin.

Here are some of the symptoms of diabetes. You should call your doctor if any of them are severe, or you experience more than one of these signs that something is amiss.

  • Extreme thirst and excessive urination.
  • Nausea or vomiting that occurs repeatedly.
  • Significant, unexplained weight loss or gain within a short period.
  • Your breathing becomes faster and/or deeper.
  • Bad breath, often described as smelling like nail polish remover.
  • Trembling, drowsiness, weakness, confusion, dizziness, clumsiness, and blurred vision might all occur, either together or separately.
  • A sore, wound, or blister that will not heal. This is especially important if on either of your feet.

Consult your doctor if you suspect that diabetes could be a problem. In the meantime, if you feel strong and healthy, stay that way by eating lots of fruits and vegetables and staying away from refined carbohydrates that send your insulin levels skyrocketing.

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