How To Identify Diabetes Early: Recognising The Signs
According to the American Diabetes Association, a person can be alerted to the prospect that he or she may have diabetes be recognizing certain signs and symptoms. The reality is, however, that at times and for some people these signs and symptoms are so mild that they actually end up going unnoticed. If a person notices one or a combination of these signs and symptoms, that individual should obtain a diabetes screening from a health care professional.
One of the most common signs of diabetes is frequent urination. This is a symptom for both men and women. In addition to frequent urination, another symptom of diabetes is feeling extremely thirsty, even shortly after drinking water or another beverage.
People suffering from diabetes may also experience ongoing hunger. As is the case with thirst, people can feel hungry even after eating a full meal.
Extreme fatigue represents another of the more common symptoms associated with diabetes. Fatigue is more than just feeling tired. Rather, it is more extreme and oftentimes is described as feeling exhausted.
People suffering from diabetes also oftentimes suffer from blurry vision. They also experience the slow healing of bruises and cuts.
A common symptom of Type 1 diabetes is weight loss, even though a person finds his or her self eating more than normal. A commonly experienced symptom of Type 2 diabetes is a tingling sensation, or even pain and numbness, in the hands or feet (or both).
One of the most important factors to keep in mind about diabetes is that it is a manageable condition, particularly when an individual seeks professional assistance as soon as he or she notices the onset of one or another, or a number of, these various symptoms. Another important factor to bear in mind is that the failure to obtain a more early professional intervention when the symptoms of diabetes are noted is that the condition can be harder to control. Moreover, a person may experience other health problems arising out of the diabetes if he or she does not obtain timely intervention by a health care professional.
As was noted previously, obtaining a diabetes screening is the key to an early diagnosis. In addition to monitoring signs and symptoms of diabetes, a person with a history of diabetes in his or her family should consider obtaining an annual diabetes screening. A screening is the most important tool in the diabetes prevention or early intervention arsenal that a person possesses in this day and age.
Keep in mind that this type of screening is easy to obtain. In most instances, a screening can be undertaken at the office of a person’s primary care physician. In addition, health care clinics also make these screening services available.
If you are unsure about any of the information in this article then are several other resources which offer help and guidance in these matters. Speak to your local physician or there are resources online such as Diabetes UK, which give you complete guides and offer support after receiving a positive diabetic screening.
Michael Jones is a keen health blogger and has many years experience in writing about health issues from diabetes to heart problems.