Are You at Risk for Natural Diabetes? Sure, everyone is at risk in one way or another, but depending on what you fuel your body with (the proper foods, water, and essential nutrients), how much exercise you get, and how much rest you give your body determines whether your body starts to break down in certain areas. One of those areas in question is the pancreas which produces insulin in your body.
In today’s day and age, there are so many unhealthy foods and beverages that more and more people throughout the world are falling victim to the terrible disease diabetes. Here are some signs of diabetes and symptoms to keep an eye out for to see if you are heading down the road toward this rapidly growing illness:
1. Numerous Bathroom Visits in a Day. If you make frequent trips to the bathroom, including waking up from sleep to use the bathroom, you may be at risk. When there is too much glucose in your blood, your kidneys are unable to properly filter it out. This causes the kidneys to work extra hard and try to filter out more water from the blood to thin the glucose. This in turn keeps filling your bladder causing you to go to the bathroom more frequently.
2. Thirst that just won’t go away. If you can’t seem to get enough water throughout the day, then you could be showing some signs of diabetes. Working hand in hand with frequent bathroom visits, your body becomes more dehydrated thus requiring more intake of water to make up for your kidneys pulling extra water out of your blood.
3. Unexpected weight gain or weight loss. Depending on the type of diabetes, one of the signs of diabetes Type 1 is weight loss and the other weight gain in Type 2 cases.
Since in Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas isn’t making insulin, the body is desperately trying to find energy sources because the body isn’t getting the glucose it needs. It starts to pull that energy by breaking down muscle and fat tissues for energy.
Weight loss is very gradual with Type 2 diabetes, so not as noticeable. However, weight gain in the midsection is a potential cause of diabetes.
4. Unexplained weakness, fatigue, and confusion can be a sign of diabetes. Your body’s cells use glucose from the foods you eat to produce the energy with the help of naturally produced insulin. When the insulin isn’t there or is irregular, such as in the case of diabetes, the glucose never enters the cells and doesn’t produce energy. This causes your cells to become starved and forces you to feel tired and weak.
5. Numbness or tingling in your limbs. Numbness or tingling in your limbs can be caused when nerves within your body become damaged by frequent or consistent high amounts of glucose in your bloodstream. It takes a significant amount of time for this to happen, so it is not a good sign for pre-diabetes.
Some of the other signs of diabetes that are more subtle and happen less frequent are blurred or fuzzy vision, dry/itchy skin, cuts that take longer to heal, or recurring infections. Many of the symptoms may not occur to you if you have been living with them for a while. The longer you have symptoms, the more they become part of your life and you get used to them.
Your health is very important and being able to recognize the signs and symptoms of diabetes or other blood sugar disorders is very important.