When you’re suffering from Diabetes, one of the most important tasks in your life is to maintain your blood sugar levels under strict control. However, caught in the consuming demands of urban living, it’s easy to lose track of things and slip up. The trouble with diabetes is that even a slight miss can cause serious damage. But, you can save yourself with basic awareness of what common symptoms can mean and take timely action.
Increased thirst and frequent urination
Although a subtle one, this is one of the most common symptoms of high blood sugar. High blood sugar means higher glucose build up. This pushes your kidneys to work overtime. If your kidneys can’t bring the blood sugar levels down to normal, the excess sugar gets into your urine, thus leading to Polyuria or excess urination, which in turn leads to dehydration and dizziness.
More hunger, more weight loss
Quite a number of people suffering from high blood sugar experience Polyphagia. Polyphagia causes a dangerous spike in hunger. But that’s not all. Strangely enough, even though you find yourself eating more than usual, you end up losing weight instead of piling on some more pounds. When your body doesn’t get its energy from glucose, it turns to muscle and fat, this is what causes the tremendous weight loss. This also results in muscle weakness and constant giddiness.
That old fatigue feelin’
When your blood sugar fluctuates, your body struggles with processing it, resulting in sugar staying in the blood rather than being converted to energy. This is why you end up feeling more tired than usual without even doing anything tiresome. Before you shrug it off as work stress, consider checking your diabetes levels immediately.
Can’t see straight
Increased blood sugar levels cause swelling in your eyes. Excess sugar also alters the shape of the lens, damaging focus and causing blurred vision. This also leads to headaches and inability to concentrate.
Slow healing wounds
Diabetes is known to cause nerve damage, which in turn affects circulation. This means insufficient supply of blood towards the extremities. In case of a wound in these areas, the low blood supply leads to slow healing of wounds. This is particularly troubling and shouldn’t be ignored as wounds on a diabetic patient are more prone to infections. Ignoring wounds allows it to fester to an extent leading to amputation.
Tingling and numbness
Like mentioned above, increased sugar levels cause nerve damage, which also results in a tingly sensation or numbness in the hands and/or feet. This is called diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy is as difficult to diagnose in its early stages as it is common. You’re likely to experience a burning sensation, sharp pain, loss of reflexes, heightened sensitivity to touch. If the feeling persists, make sure you get it checked from a doctor.
If ignored, an imbalance in blood sugar can cause lasting damage. Control is the key to prevention! So, make sure you monitor your blood sugar levels closely after every meal, and don’t ignore any unusual symptom!
Karen is a writer (or so she keeps telling herself), who is easily excited by crazy ideas, outer space and innovations in pizza. She is currently writing for PinHealth, an online marketplace for branded healthcare products. She thoroughly enjoys reading, cycling and trying to find newer ingredients to add to her coffee. Her talents include lurking on Google fishing for random facts at 4 am and over thinking almost everything.