Diabetes Signs: What to Watch Out For
One of the most common and debilitating conditions and one that affects people of all demographics is diabetes. While it is fairly easy to determine if you are at risk for diabetes and monitor your health accordingly, it is still important to know diabetes signs even if you are not at risk of developing this condition.
There are two main type of diabetes; Type 1, in which insulin producing cells have been destroyed, and Type 2, in which cells have become resistant to insulin with both resulting in higher than normal blood sugar. Type 1 was formerly often referred to as "juvenile diabetes" because it was often developed at a very young age and was often considered to be the only diabetes in children, while Type 2 was called "adult onset diabetes" as it was usually developed later in life. While both types are functionally different, they remain the same in that cells aren't absorbing adequate insulin and often result in the same diabetes signs, such as:
- Frequent urination
- Unquenchable thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Numb hands and feet
Other diabetes signs include blurry vision, dry and itchy skin, and trouble healing from wounds. Regardless of if diabetes runs in your family, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms for an extended period of time it is a good idea to consult with your primary care provider to determine whether or not you should be concerned about your diabetes health.