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Sunday, July 14, 2013

10 Ways to Know if You Have Diabetes

How To Know If You Have Diabetes

Diabetes is considered an epidemic among African Americans. Why? Because 18.7 percent of all non-Hispanic blacks ages twenty and older have diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes, compared to 10.2 percent of all non-Hispanic whites. To make matters worse, 67 percent of adults with diabetes also have high blood pressure. This makes it imperative to look for signs early that may indicate you have diabetes. Here are 10 ways to know if you have Diabetes:

1. Frequent Urination - frequent refers to what would be considered not normal, such as urinating up to 20 times a day. The frequency is caused by increased glucose in the blood which the kidneys are attempting to flush out.

2. Increased Thirst - this symptom goes along with the frequent urination. As the urination becomes more frequent, the body is losing more fluids, becoming more dehydrated, which causes increased thirst.

3. Fatigue - this goes beyond just being occasionally tired. Chronic fatigue is a sign of diabetes due to the inability of the glucose to get to the cells. When it remains in the blood, the cells are lacking glucose for energy, and you end up being tired all the time.

4. Cuts That Don't Heal - diabetes weakens your immune system. When that happens, even small cuts and scrapes will take longer to heal. Even bruises will remain visible longer.

5. Yeast Infections - women with diabetes will experience more frequent yeast infections. Raised levels of sugar will attract bacteria which will increase the risk of more frequent vaginal and urinary tract infections, as well as infections under the armpits, between the toes, and around the mouth.

6. Vision Problems - blurred vision is another possible symptom of diabetes. Increased levels of glucose can actually travel to the eyes and affect vision.

7. Weight Loss - if you're losing weight and don't know why, you should be checked for diabetes. When glucose stays in the blood and the cells are being starved, the body will look for energy sources in fat and muscle. This will cause weight loss.

8. Numbness in Feet/Hands - diabetes can damage nerves, causing pain, numbness or a tingling sensation in the feet and hands. This condition is called neuropathy and is often one of the first symptoms of diabetes.

9. Hunger - if nothing else has changed in your exercise or eating habits, but you find you are always hungry, it could be a sign of diabetes. This is another result of the disease caused by glucose not getting to the cells to convert food into energy.

10. Frequent illness - people with diabetes often find themselves getting more frequent cases of colds and flu. This is because diabetes weakens the immune system, making diabetes patients more susceptible to illnesses.
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