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Do I have Diabetes? Quick Quiz To Show If Symptoms Mean It's Time to See Doctor

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 10:33 AM

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body does not properly regulate blood sugar levels. Blood sugar, or glucose, is critical to the function of major organs, including the brain, and thus if symptoms of the disease are ignored and the condition left undiagnosed, diabetes can lead to serious health issues and even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, an estimated 21 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes. Unfortunately, the CDC also estimates there are another 8.1 million people who have not sought treatment for their symptoms and remain undiagnosed.

The three main types of diabetes are Type 1, Type 2 and gestational. According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of the disease and is the result of insulin resistance, and gestational diabetes occurs around the 24th week of pregnancy.

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Diabetes presents with many telltale symptoms and if the answer to many, but not necessarily all, of the questions below is "yes" it may mean it's time to see a doctor and schedule a diabetes test.

1. Are you experiencing increased thirst? This symptom of diabetes is one that can increase gradually so a review of your water intake history may be in order.

2. Do you need to urinate more frequently? This can be the result of an increased intake of fluids due to excessive thirst. In addition, according to Everyday Health, "When there is excess glucose present in the blood, as with type 2 diabetes, the kidneys react by flushing it out of the blood into the urine. This results in more urine production and the need to urinate more frequently."

3.
Do you have unexplained fatigue and weakness? Diabetes prevents the body from getting the energy it needs from food, or "fuel." This can result in feeling tired and weak, even in the presence of adequate sleep and a healthy lifestyle.

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4. Do you have an increased appetite? Feeling hungry all the time is an early symptom of diabetes. In the case of diabetes, the body is unable to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Insulin is responsible for giving hunger signals to the brain thus high levels of insulin increase appetite.

5. Do you have unexplained weight loss even though you may be eating more? When the body cannot convert food into energy, it begins to find other sources like muscle and fat to fuel the body and this can cause weight loss.

6. Have you been experiencing blurred vision not related to the need for glasses? According to the Mayo Clinic, "Diabetes symptoms sometimes involve your vision. High levels of blood sugar pull fluid from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes. This affects your ability to focus. Left untreated, diabetes can cause new blood vessels to form in your retina - the back part of your eye — and damage established vessels."

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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