As concluded in one of the studies conducted by the American Diabetes Association, it is estimated that United Stated of America alone is home to more than 20 million diabetics, which include adults as well as children.
Out of the several types of diabetes it isn't really important whether you are suffering from type 1 or type 2, diabetes symptoms of both these types are almost the same. When you develop either type of diabetes there is an excess level of sugar in your blood and anything in excess in our bodies is always harmful.
When you are suffering from type 1 diabetes, then your insulin producing cells, also known as beta cells, are damaged. This is mainly because these cells cannot produce the correct amount of insulin to balance the high levels of sugar in the blood.
The same thing occurs in type 2 diabetes, except that here the damage is more to your cells and hence even if your body does secrete adequate quantities of insulin, it will not be utilized in an effective way. This leads to increased levels of blood sugar levels, which in turn can cause diabetes mellitus.
An important thing to note is that the diagnosis of diabetes is fairly difficult because most of the diabetes symptoms in women or men (including gestational diabetes symptoms) begin gradually and initially appear to be normal.
Because the cells are unable to breakdown glucose in the blood properly, the body is trying to get rid of this excess in various ways.
This is manifested in frequent urination , excessive hunger, thirst and weight loss or weight gain.
When the levels of glucose exceed certain levels, the cells start to starve for energy. This starving of body organs leads a person to feel tired, fatigued and also him/her unusually hungry.
Weight Fluctuations As Diabetes Symptoms
Weight loss is also one of the most common diabetes symptoms. A person suffering from diabetes, despite having an increased appetite, loses weight because the cells don't receive the adequate nutrition they normally require. In addition to that, the other sources of energy such as calories and glucose are all eliminated from the body in the form of urine instead of being absorbed.
Dry mouth, blurry vision, impotency, genital infections, unexplained pains and aches, urinary tract infections, dry or itchy skin sores that take long time to heal are also some of the major diabetes symptoms which a woman or a man having diabetes might experience. As time passes, the high sugar levels also cause damage to vital organs such as kidneys, eyes, nervous system and heart.
A person suffering from diabetes might also experience tingling sensations around different parts of the body. Diabetes affects the blood glucose levels and when blood travels inside the body, the other organs get affected as well.
This includes the nerves – so any damage to the nerves leads to the patient experiencing a tingling sensation. This diabetes symptom is mostly noticed by people in the later stages of diabetes.
The type 1 diabetes symptoms come on more rapidly, unlike type 2 diabetes, in which case the changes appear more gradual. If you are experiencing any of these diabetes symptoms, then it is definitely a good idea that you visit your family doctor and make sure to get tested.