Diabetes Basics

Identify the Warning Signs of Diabetes!

As per statistical revelations diabetes affects around 21 million people across the United States of America. It is a medical condition that is related to the functioning of the hormone insulin and is characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin or utilize the existing insulin to regulate the blood sugar level.

Insulin is a hormone that plays a very important role in the human body.  One of the major roles that it plays is to maintain a low blood glucose level. A tendency of blood glucose levels rising is certainly not a healthy one as it has adverse effects on our health.

The National Diabetics Association Clearinghouse [NDIC] estimates that 14.6 million people in the US have diabetes, with another 6 million yet to be diagnosed. The total represents about 7% of the US population. This makes the issue of diabetes a serious and complex one.

As per the NDIC, diabetes has spread in the US in epidemic proportions and has affected people across all ages. Even toddlers and children have not been spared. As per the statistics, people suffering from type 2 diabetes are in the age group of 35 to 50.

The symptoms of diabetes may occur in bulk or patients may exhibit just a few symptoms at a time. In case any symptoms do occur, a doctor should be consulted immediately. This is in the best interest of people who exhibit the symptoms, as it will help to rule out diabetes or confirm it and begin treatment as early as possible.

The common warning signs of diabetes are extreme hunger and thirst, numbness, blurred vision, fatigue, dry skin, increase in infections and the slow process of the healing of wounds. People with type 1 diabetes may exhibit symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

The important issue in diabetes is early management and treatment of the disease and its symptoms to rule out serious complications as the disease progresses.