Don’t ignore these 6 symptoms of diabetes

Don’t ignore these 6 symptoms of diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the blood sugar levels in the body are consistently high, leading to potential future complications if not managed properly. But what exactly causes these high blood sugar levels, and why is it a cause for concern?

What is Diabetes?

When we eat, our food is converted into glucose, which enters our bloodstream. This glucose needs to be transported from the bloodstream into our cells to provide energy. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is essential for this process. However, sometimes our body either can't produce enough insulin or the cells become resistant to it and don't use it effectively. When this occurs, glucose remains in the bloodstream, leading to diabetes.

The Importance of Recognising Symptoms
Early detection of diabetes is important for effective management and preventing complications. Certain symptoms of high blood sugar levels often go unnoticed or are mistaken for other conditions. For instance, some symptoms overlap with those of menopause, making it challenging to identify the underlying cause without proper testing.

Don’t Ignore These Symptoms:

-        Sleep Issues: If you're experiencing difficulties sleeping, it could be related to diabetes affecting your sleep patterns.

-        Fatigue: Feeling constantly tired is a common symptom, as diabetes impacts your body's energy levels.

-        Mood Changes: Experiencing unexplained mood swings? Diabetes can affect your moods due to the highs and lows of blood sugar levels.

-        Weight Gain: Insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes, can lead to unexpected weight gain.

-        Frequent Urination: An increase in urination can indicate high blood glucose levels, prompting the body to eliminate excess sugar.

-        Yeast Infections: Individuals with diabetes may experience frequent yeast infections due to elevated sugar levels.


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Getting Diagnosed

If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, it's crucial to get tested. A simple blood test by your doctor can determine if you have diabetes by measuring your blood sugar levels. It’s a straightforward procedure that can provide peace of mind or early detection for effective management.

Managing diabetes

This involves a comprehensive approach that includes diet modifications, regular physical activity, monitoring blood sugar levels, and, if necessary, medication as prescribed by your doctor. 

If you suspect you might have diabetes, do consult your GP. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Remember, with the right approach, diabetes can be managed effectively.


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Sujata Din is a Certified Health Coach and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. In this regular column for iGlobal, she offers some special insights, from useful wellness tips to recipes for creations that are not only delicious but also healthy.  

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