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Health Bite - Warning signs that you may have diabetes

Are you diabetic


The warning signs that you may have diabetes

10 questions to ask, if you are worried you have diabetes

Have you noticed that suddenly you are waking up in the night to go to the toilet?

Increased urination: diabetics have excess glucose in the blood which causes the kidneys to flush it out into the urine. The causes increased urination both in the day and night.


Do you find that you are drinking more fluids on a daily basis?

Excessive thirst : losing increased fluid through urination, causes diabetics to become dehydrated and therefore increases thirst.


Has your appetite increased over the last few months?

Increased hunger: diabetics cannot use insulin properly and therefore your body therefore makes more insulin to try and compensate. This high level of insulin signals to your brain that your body is hungry.


Are you finding that your mouth is feeling excessively dry?

Dry Mouth: the loss of fluid in diabetics, causes dehydration in diabetics and therefore results in a dry mouth.


Do you find it difficult to walk?

Foot pain: over time, high blood glucose in diabetes can affect blood flow to your limbs and therefore cause nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy. This results in foot pain, numbness and tingling.


Are your regular clothes feeling loose and not fitting as well?

Unexplained Weight Loss: as your body cannot get energy from glucose, then as a diabetic your body will start breaking down muscle and fats for energy resulting in loss of weight.


Have you experienced an increase in sexually transmitted infections?

Frequent Infections: yeast and bacteria multiply more quickly when blood sugar levels are high as in diabetes. Foot infections are also more common due to the damage caused by high glucose to skin, blood vessels and nerves.


Are you suddenly finding it difficult to read and see clearly?

Blurred Vision: blurred vision occurs when there are rapid changes in blood sugar from low to high or high to low as occurs in diabetes.


Do you feel tired in the day even after a good night’s sleep?

Tiredness: as a diabetic, your body does not make enough insulin to get the required energy from the glucose in your bloodstream resulting in tiredness.


Are you taking an increased amount of headache tablets?

Headaches: diabetic headaches occur due to changes in blood sugar levels. The more your blood sugar levels move up and down, the more likely you are to get frequent headaches.

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