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  • Writer's pictureDr. Monique J. Caruth, PT, DPT

How To Spot Diabetes & What To Do Next?

Diabetes Mellitus is when your body has high levels of blood sugar (glucose). There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2 but our focus will be on Type 2.

Here are common symptoms associated with diabetes:

1. Frequent Urination: Excess sugar in the blood can lead to increased urination, causing you to need to urinate more often than usual.

2. Excessive Thirst: The increased urination can lead to dehydration, causing extreme thirst.

3. Increased Hunger: Despite eating, you may still feel very hungry. This is because your cells may not be getting enough glucose for energy.

4. Unexplained Weight Loss: Even if you're eating more, you may lose weight without a clear reason, especially in Type 1 diabetes.

5. Fatigue: A lack of energy is common as your body's cells are not receiving enough glucose for fuel.

6. Slow-Healing Wounds: Type 2 diabetes can affect blood circulation, leading to slow healing of cuts and bruises.

7. Tingling or Numbness: Some people with Type 2 diabetes may experience tingling or numbness in their hands or feet, a condition known as neuropathy.

8. Dark Skin Patches: Acanthosis nigricans can cause dark, velvety patches of skin, often in the neck, armpits, or groin, and is sometimes associated with Type 2 diabetes.

It's important to note that some people with diabetes may not experience noticeable symptoms, especially in the early stages.

Regular check-ups and blood sugar monitoring are essential for early detection and management of diabetes.

If you experience any of these symptoms or suspect you may have diabetes, it's crucial to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

Diabetes management typically includes:

  • Lifestyle changes

  • Medication

  • Monitoring to keep blood sugar levels within a healthy range.

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