Diabetes can be hard to spot in the initial stages. Paying attention to your body and knowing what to look for can help you get ahead of this terrible disease. Here’s is Part 2 of The Top 10 Silent Signs of Diabetes. If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.
6. You’re Turning Into Grumpy Cat: Everyone has heard of Grumpy Cat, right? Well, if you are starting to turn into him, i.e. hating everything and everyone and simply being grumpy all the time, you might want to get your blood sugar checked! When your blood sugar is out of whack, you just don’t feel well and you can become short-tempered. Additionally, high blood sugar can mimic depression. If you don’t snap out of your funk after a few weeks, consider visiting your doctor for a physical.
7. Blurry Vision: In the early stages of diabetes, the eye lens is not focusing well because glucose builds up in the eye, which temporarily changes its shape and causes blurred vision. After your blood sugars are stabilized, your eye should get back to normal. This is not diabetic retinopathy, where the blood vessels in the back of the eye are getting destroyed, which can happen to diabetic sufferers if they don’t regulate their blood sugar level.
8. Cuts/Bruises Heal Slowly: Your immune system simply doesn’t work like it should when your blood sugar levels are high, therefore cuts and bruises are slow to heal.
9. Tingly Feet: Numbness or tingling in your feet can be a sign of mild nerve damage. Elevated sugar levels can cause nerve damage before you even realize you have diabetes.
10. Increased Urinary Tract/Yeast Infections: Higher levels of sugar in urine and the vagina can become a breeding ground for the bacteria and yeast that cause these infections. Recurrent infections are a particularly worrisome sign. If you have recurring infections, consider getting a blood test.
If you are concerned that you are suffering from diabetes, get tested right away. Don’t delay. The sooner you learn you have diabetes, the sooner you can take action to put your body back on the road to health!
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