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Warning Signs of Diabetes

Warning Signs of Diabetes
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By    |   Monday, 29 January 2018 03:45 PM

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, striking more than 30 million Americans, and costs the nation a whopping $245 billion annually according the American Diabetes Association.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the incidence of diabetes cases has quadrupled in just over three decades.

“This is a potentially fatal disease that is becoming epidemic but whose risks can be managed through lifestyle measures, “Dr. Daniel Lorber, director of Endocrinology at New York Presbyterian, Queens, tells Newsmax Health.

“I tell my patients that they can eat their way through any shot or pill I give them so it’s important to manage your eating habits and exercise not only to control the disease but to prevent it in the first place.”

While Type 1 diabetes tends to be an early onset disease, often diagnosed in children and young adults, it accounts for only 5 percent of total diabetes cases. Type 2, on the other hand, is the most common form of the disease and the incidence is rising insidiously.

“With diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin properly,” says Lorber. “At first your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it, but after a while the overly taxed organ isn’t able to keep up to maintain your blood glucose at normal levels.”

Unfortunately, for Type 2 diabetes, the symptoms may be so mild that they go unnoticed.

“That’s why I urge anyone who is overweight or has a pot belly to be screened annually after the age of 45,” says Lorber. You can also take the Diabetes Risk Test at Diabetes.org to see if you may have prediabetes and need intervention.

“Early detection and treatment of the disease can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes including neuropathy, eye conditions such as glaucoma, skin disorders, kidney disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

But some of the symptoms that you may experience if you have Type 2 diabetes include:

Frequent urination and feeling very thirsty. When diabetes pushes your blood sugar up, your kidneys may not be able to bring it all back in. This causes the body to make more urine and that takes fluids. So you drink more and urinate more frequently.

Dry mouth. When you become dehydrated, there’s less moisture in the body for other things so your mouth may feel dry.

Blurred vision. Again, changing fluid levels in your body can make the lenses in your eyes swell up.

Yeast infections. Lorber says diabetics frequently develop infections in the warm, moist folds of the body, especially the folds of the abdomen, the pubic area, between fingers and toes and under the breasts.

Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands and feet. This is called diabetic neuropathy and happens because the blood can’t get to the extremities easily.

Lightheadedness. This can occur because the brain lacks enough glucose to function properly.

Extreme fatigue. When blood sugar levels are high, its can make your blood “sludgy,” slowing circulation so cells can’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need. In addition, high blood glucose can cause fatigue through inflammation as the blood vessels themselves become inflamed from excess sugar.

But the most important precaution you can make is to get your blood glucose levels screened by your health care professionally so you know your numbers. Your doctor will then determine what path to take to stem the tide.

“We usually prescribe metformin along with changes in diet and exercise if the numbers indicate Type 2 diabetes,” says Lorber.

“Losing weight and exercising regularly are the best ways to prevent and control the disease,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of “The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction.”

“There’s good evidence that these two simple lifestyle changes work.”

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