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Five early signs of diabetes to look out for

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Depending on the type of diabetes you have, the symptoms might be so mild, they go unnoticed for months. This is very common for type 2 diabetes. However, for type 1 diabetes, the signs are glaring and you need to see a doctor once you noticed them. Below are some of the early signs of diabetes to watch out for.

Early Signs of Diabetes.

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  • 1. Hunger and body weakness. Your body changes the food you eat into glucose that your cells use for energy. However, your cells need insulin to take in glucose. If your body doesn’t make enough or any insulin, or if your cells oppose the insulin your body makes, the glucose can’t get into them and you have no energy. This can make you hungrier and more exhausted than expected.
  • 2. Urinating more frequently and being thirstier. People with diabetes urinate more than the average person. Why? Typically, our body reabsorbs glucose as it goes through our kidneys. However, when diabetes pushes the glucose up, our kidneys will most likely be unable to present everything back in. This makes the body make more urine, and that takes liquids. The result is that you will urinate more frequently. Since you are urinating a lot, you get extremely thirsty.
  • 3. Dry mouth and skin irritation. Since your body is utilizing liquids to make urinate, there’s less dampness. You get dried out easily, and your mouth might feel dry. Your skin becomes very itchy too.
  • 4. Blurred vision. Diabetes can cause you to start having eye issues. Changing liquid levels in your body could make the focal points in your eyes bigger. They change shape and can’t focus correctly.
  • 5. Cuts start taking more time to heal. High glucose influences the bloodstream, which can affect the body’s capacity to heal. Bruises and cuts that require more time to heal might be an indication that glucose has been high for quite a while.

If you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, you should see a specialist right away.

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