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Diabetes Symptoms

Diabetes Symptoms

Type II diabetes is often a subtle illness because symptoms can be gradual and go unnoticed. In some cases the symptoms are misdiagnosed until a more serious medical condition occurs, such as a heart attack. That’s why it’s very important to have your blood tested regularly with one’s annual physical exam, and to take note of any of the following symptoms.

When the body has excess sugar in the blood, called “hyperglycemia“, it needs more water to remove the sugar resulting in:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination

Sugar is a key energy source for our body. When sugar can not be properly processed in our cells, including brain cells, it can result in:

  • Dry skin and brittle hair
  • Increased fatigue (especially after meals)
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

Less energy for our bodies can also weaken our immune system which can result in:

  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Lingering colds and flu conditions
  • Recurrent yeast infections

Excess sugar can also badly impact our body’s nervous system resulting in:

  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness (especially in the hands and feet)
  • Nausea
  • Impotence (in both men and women)

When the body removes too much sugar, the sugar level becomes too low, called “hypoglycemia“, which can result in:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint

In addition, when sugar in the body can not be used or removed it is often converted to fat cells resulting in:

  • Unexpected and unexplained weight gain

Diabetes is diagnosed with a blood test. To learn more about this process click Diabetes Care Tests.