Symptoms of Adult Diabetes
The common symptoms of diabetes mellitus are often very easy to overlook. As a result, nearly 1 out of 4 people with Diabetes are not even aware that they have the disease. Doctors call this asymptomatic - without symptoms. Thats roughly 5.7 million people, or, roughly the population in the state of Wisconsin!
Different types of diabetes are often diagnosed by different common courses, even when the symptoms are similar. Because people with Type 1 Diabetes have no insulin production, the side effects of the disease are rather obvious. As such, Type 1 Diabetes is often detected when a person is still young and can be relatively easy to recognize.
However, it may be more difficult to detect common diabetes symptoms in a person with Type 2 Diabetes or Gestational Diabetes because the symptoms are easy to pass off as traits of other health-related or environmental conditions. Also uncommon are latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (Type 1 Diabetes - see LADA), and maturity onset diabetes in the young (Type 2 Diabetes see MODY).
Here are a few of the most common diabetes symptoms:
A frequent need to urinate
Constantly feeling thirsty, even after drinking water
Feelings of hunger, even after a large meal
Unexplained weight loss
Increased feelings of fatigue
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
Slow-healing infections or skin-lesions
Bladder or vaginal infections
Fainting spells or coma
Diabetes mellitus is a serious disease that potentially has deadly side effects. You may feel overwhelmed when you are first diagnosed with diabetes, especially if your diabetes symptoms went undetected for a prolonged period of time. However, you ARE in control of how you manage your diabetes.
By educating yourself about proper nutrition and exercise routines, you will be able to make very simple lifestyle changes that will allow you to seamlessly integrate your Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes treatments into your daily routine without much effort. Changing your habits may take some getting used to, but the changes will allow you to continue a healthy, productive lifestyle. Detecting and diagnosing your diabetic symptoms are only the first step towards a better you.