Diabetes Basics

Beginning Signs of Diabetes

In the last two decades, diabetes has emerged as one of the major threats to human life. Surveys have estimated that there are around 20 million patients of diabetes in US alone, and almost onethird of them don't even know whether they are suffering from diabetes. By the time they are diagnosed with it, it would be probably too late for effective treatment. Hence, it is important that people know the sign(s) of onset of diabetes.

Signs Which Indicate Onset of Diabetes

* Increased hunger-
This is the most tell tale sign of onset of diabetes. It is characterized by a lack of insulin in the body, which is then followed by creation of energy deficit in the body. In order to wipe out this deficit, the body then starts to signal that it is hungry and needs more food in order to derive the requisite amount of energy.

* Low energy levels-
Because there is not enough insulin available to help in the absorption of sugar into the blood, the body's energy levels go down rapidly. Fatigue and a feeling of tiredness sets in and one is not able to move around without getting huffed and puffed.

* Sudden, unexplained weight loss- Interference with the absorption of blood sugar leads to energy crisis which the body attempts to wipe out by burning the fat stored inside the muscles in our body. Result is sudden and unexplained weight and muscle loss.

* Increased frequency of urination- Too high blood sugar levels have to be brought down by filtering the blood as frequently as possible. Hence, the kidneys work overtime and this results in an increased frequency of urination. This usually sets in as people grow older. However, they write it off as another sign of becoming old and ignore it as a sign of onset of diabetes. If this problem goes unaddressed for a long time, it is possible that the kidneys might fail in their primary objective- purification of blood.

* Extreme thirst-
Increased blood sugar levels is controlled by the body by rapidly purifying blood. In the process a lot of body fluid is passed out to. Hence, one experiences increased thirst.

* Loss of feeling or numbness- The occurrence of numbness or loss feeling in arms, hands, legs, feet, or legs is to be treated as a sign of the onset of diabetes.

* Damaged vision-
High blood sugar levels can lead to the swelling of the eye's lens. If this situation is allowed to prevail, chances of becoming blind increase.

* Depression and irritability- Depleted energy levels makes us sluggish due to which our day to day activities suffer. It results in our senses becoming slightly impaired, which then results in depression and irritability.

The chances of these symptoms getting aggravate if diagnosis is not done at the right time. Hence, if you suffer from any such symptoms, get yourself diagnosed for diabetes. Early detection might increase your chances of getting your body rid of it.