Detecting Diabetes

By Meghan Bailey on Feb 10, 2015

Detecting Diabetes There are typical symptoms most people with Diabetes experience. However, those with Type 2 Diabetes may have symptoms so mild that they go With Dr. Geetha Krishnan 

There are typical symptoms most people with Diabetes experience. However, those with Type 2 Diabetes may have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. 

Common Symptoms of Diabetes :
- Urinating Often
- Feeling Very Thirsty
- Feeling Very Hungry (Even though you’re eating)
- Extreme Fatigue
- Blurry Vision
- Cuts/Bruises that are Slow to Heal
- Weight Loss (Even if you are eating more) (Type 1)
- Tingling, Pain, or Numbness in Your Hands/Feet (Type 2)

It is important to talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms. Early detection and treatment can greatly decrease risk of developing complications such as nerve damage, glaucoma, and skin infections.  

Diabetes Myths 

Myth:

Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.

Fact:

If you manage your diabetes properly, you can prevent or delay diabetes complications. However, diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Myth:

If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.

Fact:

Being overweight increases your risk for developing this disease, but it doesn’t not mean you will automatically develop diabetes. Other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a role. Unfortunately, too many people disregard the other risk factors for diabetes and think that weight is the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.