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Which of these 10 early symptoms of diabetes do you have?

Spotting the symptoms of diabetes early on is vital because if left untreated, the ailments can lead to severe complications.

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : March 10, 2015 7:26 PM IST

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 371 million around the world suffer from diabetes and half of them go undiagnosed. This is dangerous because when left untreated, diabetes can lead to a host of health complications such as kidney damage, nerve problems, eye ailment, heart ailments and other diseases. Hence, it is important to ensure that you don t belong to the ignorant half by learning to spot the symptoms of diabetes.

#1 Increase in appetite

A diabetic is unable to process glucose so they feel hungry all the time since the cells are craving for glucose.

#2 Feeling thirsty all the time

Excess sugar in the blood causes diabetics to get dehydrated. This is why diabetics feel thirsty all the time. Here are 5 more causes for excessive thirst you might not know about.

#3 Excess urination

Due to dehydration and the constant feeling of thirst, diabetics tend to drink more water which is the reason they end up visiting the bathroom more often. Excess urination is a common sign of diabetes. Are you aware of these 6 reasons that lead to urinating more frequently than normal?

#4 Sudden weight loss

Since a diabetic s body is unable to utilise the available glucose, the body burns fat which leads to involuntary weight loss even without exercising or following a healthy diet.

(Editor s Note: Losing weight due to diabetes is not a cause for celebration. The body goes into a state of ketoacidosis, producing chemicals called ketones which break down fats too quickly. They make the blood more acidic which can lead to organ damage.)

#5 Feeling fatigued all day long

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms observed in diabetic people. Hence, if you feel more thirsty along with a tired feeling, check your sugar levels. Here are some of most common causes of fatigue you should be aware of!

#6 Tingling in the arms and legs

High glucose levels in the body affects the nerves which cause a condition called diabetic neuropathy leading to tingling sensation and numbness at the ends of the body the arms and legs. Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition and a malfunctioning nervous system will result in skin problems, digestive issues, urinary bladder problems and heart ailments.

#7 Inability to heal infections

Due to lack of glucose in the system, the body s immune system s ability to fight infections goes down. Diabetics are likely to suffer from skin, vaginal and urinary bladder infections. Here are 8 foot care tips diabetics must follow.

#8 Blurry vision

Due to high blood sugar, the shape and flexibility of the lens of the eye changes and this distorts the eye s ability to focus. This is why diabetics tend to have blurry vision. If left untreated, this condition can lead to diabetic retinopathy which can lead to blindness.

#9 Cuts and wounds which won t heal

Like we mentioned before the inability to heal wounds properly also stems from lack of glucose which hampers your immune system s ability to heal properly.

#10 Feeling highly irritated or depressed all the time

Finally, less glucose in your system can leave you feeling extremely depressed or highly irritated all the time. This is because the brain isn t getting adequate glucose.

If you ve noticed any of the symptoms we suggest you visit your doctor immediately. Living with diabetes is feasible, all you have to do is live a proper lifestyle and follow the doctor s advice strictly.

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