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Most Common Symptoms of Diabetes

By    |   Thursday, 09 Jul 2015 06:06 PM

Diabetes can be a debilitating disease that shuts down important body function. The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation calls it the “leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure and stroke” in the United States. About 29 million Americans live with the disease. Proper treatment could mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some of the common symptoms of diabetes.

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1. Frequent Urination
Mayo Clinic doctors point to excessive urination as one of the subtle symptoms of diabetes. While there are many factors that affect the need for urination, a seemingly “excessive thirst” is considered a classic sign of the disease. This is a sign the kidneys are not able to keep up with blood sugar regulation and your body is trying to excrete the excess sugar through the urine.

2. Extreme Hunger or Thirst
EndocrineWeb describes the extreme thirst related to diabetes as an experience that ”no matter how much you drink, it feels like you’re still dehydrated.” The associated extreme hunger is related to the fact that your body isn’t getting the energy it needs, so craves more energy from food.

3. Feeling Very Tired
Fatigue can be one of the biggest hindrances to lifestyle in the early stages of diabetes. The excess fatigue could be related to dehydration. Low blood sugar levels also can cause a feeling of tiredness because the body is not able to access the energy needed to function properly.

4. Physical Symptoms
The physical symptoms of diabetes can often be overlooked. They include a feeling of numbness or tingling in the extremities. Sometimes people may experience wounds that seem difficult to heal. Diabetes causes poor circulation and lowers the immune system, which can lead to either of these physical symptoms. Blurred vision is another possible symptom of diabetes.

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