Friday, January 4, 2008

The Symptoms Of Diabetes

The Symptoms Of Diabetes by Tristan Bailey

There are many different symptoms of diabetes which vary depending on which type of the disease you may have and what type of lifestyle you live. Its important to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes so that you can look out for them and detect any problems as early as possible.

The symptoms of both type one and type two diabetes include excessive thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, loss of weight, blurred vision, and infections such as thrush. These are the initial symptoms which can lead to the onset of diabetes and anyone experiencing them should seek immediate medical attention.

The problem with type two diabetes is that these symptoms can be very mild and can go completely unnoticed for many years. Some people simply feel a bit unwell or assume its part of the ageing process. Many people with type two diabetes will have no symptoms at all and its often discovered accidentally after routine medical check ups.

The problem with type one diabetes is that if its not treated after experiencing these symptoms it can cause additional problems which can be life threatening. The body will start to use energy sources other than glucose and it will begin to produce chemicals called ketones. When ketones build up in the bloodstream it can lead to a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis.

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious problem and causes additional symptoms which include vomiting, stomach pain, rapid breathing, increased pulse rate, and tiredness. If diabetic ketoacidosis is undiagnosed and untreated it can lead to a coma which can result in death.

Although most people with diabetes have too much sugar in their blood, there is another type of diabetes called hypoglycemia which causes people to have a lower than normal amount of glucose in the blood. This can cause additional symptoms which include nausea, anxiety, confusion, blurred vision, and in severe cases can cause loss of consciousness, seizures, and comas.

If you have any of the symptoms of diabetes you should visit your doctor and check your blood sugar level. If you have a high or low blood sugar level it can be an indicator that you have diabetes and further tests will need to be done to determine the cause of the abnormal blood glucose. Its essential to detect diabetes as early as possible as there are many new effective medications on the market that can be used to keep the disease under control

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