Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Diabetes - Part 2: Symptoms: How to Tell If You Might Have Diabetes

You might have diabetes and not know it. In fact, according to the CDC, about one-third of people with diabetes don’t know they have it. But if left untreated, it could lead to other serious health problems, like heart disease, kidney damage and blindness. If you have a family history of diabetes or have other risk factors, you should know the symptoms.  Most of these symptoms may be associated with other health problems, so it is important to see a physician to get the right diagnosis. 

Common Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes 
  • Increased thirst - due to dehydration
  • Frequent urination – to get rid of excess sugar/glucose from the blood
  • Fatigue/tiredness/weakness – due to lack of sugar for energy in the muscles and other tissues where it is needed
  • Blurred vision - due to damage to the small blood vessels of the eyes
  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal – due to poor blood circulation
  • Numbness and tingling of the hands and feet/nerve pain – due to nerve damage and poor blood circulation
If you have diabetes, early diagnosis and proper treatment could make a huge difference in the course of the disease. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options, and ask for a referral to see a registered dietitian. Follow your doctor’s advice. Nutrition is a very important in the management of diabetes, so it is important to follow the recommendations of your dietitian along with the advice of your physician.

Next: Blog: Diabetes – Part 3: Diet and Nutrition in Diabetes Management

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