As with many medical conditions, there are several diabetes warning signs your body will show in the early stages of the disease. Unfortunately the catch is that many of these indicators come on gradually and may be too subtle to notice, written off as just “getting older” or “too much stress,” mistakenly attributed to some other medical condition, or even simply ignored. If diagnosed early, diabetes can often be controlled with proper diet and exercise (though the diabetes will never actually be “cured,” so to speak). So what kinds of things should you be on the lookout for as diabetes warning signs?
Common Diabetes Warning Signs, Commonly Missed
One of the most common early warning signs for diabetes is needing to urinate more often than usual. Since your body is already struggling trying to break down the sugar from the foods you eat, it’s trying other ways to get rid of it. With frequent urination, it’s trying to eliminate the sugar from your bloodstream by treating it as a waste product. Of course, when you have to go to the bathroom so often you’ll no doubt end up thirsty, right?
And that’s another diabetes warning sign. Unfortunately, many people try drinking sugar-laden sports drinks or even soft drinks to quench their thirst, which, of course, only makes the problem worse. But with drinking more liquids obviously leading to more frequent trips to the bathroom, many people won’t go beyond thinking that they’re just simply thirsty.
Feeling fatigued or short-tempered is another diabetes red flag. Your blood sugar spiking up and down during the course of a day can wreak havoc on your energy levels, not to mention your emotional state.
Weight loss, despite all of the increased eating and drinking, is also something to keep an eye on. You may drop actually some pounds because of the water loss from frequent urination, which also gets rid of a lot of the sugar calories your body would otherwise have held onto and turned into fat.
There are other diabetes warning signs, but if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or especially if you have a family history of diabetes, make an appointment with a health care professional and schedule the simple blood test to determine your blood sugar status. It’s quick, easy, and can save you a whole lot of trouble in the long run.