Many people who suffer from diabetes usually don’t even know they have it until they are seriously sick! It can be hard to spot initially, but if you pay careful attention to your body and watch for these subtle cues, you can save yourself a lot of heartache!
Top 10 Silent Signs of Diabetes
1. Increased Bathroom Breaks: If you find yourself visiting the bathroom more than you normally do, you might consider getting yourself checked for diabetes. Since your body is less efficient at breaking down sugars when you have diabetes, your body tries to get rid of it by flushing it out in your urine hence the increased bathroom visits.
2. Increased Thirst: This ties in with #1. Increased urination leaves you parched and thirsty, so you drink more. But please don’t use sugary drinks to quench your thirst as this will only serve to worsen the diabetes.
3. Weight Loss: Weight loss comes from two things—one, from the water that you lose from frequent urination, and two, you lose some calories in the urine and you don’t absorb all the calories from the sugar in your blood.
4. Shaky and Hungry: When you have high blood sugar, your body has a problem regulating its glucose. So if you eat something high in carbohydrates, your body produces too much insulin, and then your glucose drops quickly. This leaves you feeling shaky and craving more carbs!
5. Extreme Fatigue: Everyone gets tired now and then…that’s a normal part of life! Ongoing fatigue is an important clue to pay attention to; it might mean the food you’re eating for energy isn’t being broken down and used by cells as it’s supposed to.
Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of The Top 10 Silent Signs of Diabetes.
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