Do You Have These Symptoms? You May Be Diabetic

 , Founder of Freedom from Diabetes  |  Updated: May 19, 2016 11:37 IST

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Do You Have These Symptoms? You May Be Diabetic
Highlights
  • Diabetes is called the silent killer because of easy-to-miss symptoms.
  • 90% of the people with diabetes are unaware of their condition.
  • Belly fat is one of the most significant risk factors of diabetes.
Across the globe, diabetes is known as the silent killer because of its easy-to-miss symptoms. What is scary is that you may not know till quite late that you have diabetes. A survey conducted by the Association of Physicians of India (API) in 2015 revealed that 90% of people with diabetes believed that their blood sugar is under control when actually it wasn't. It also found that people were not even aware about the fact that sugar fluctuations occur throughout the day.

Health experts agree that in most cases diabetes may be diagnosed accidentally. Therefore, it is extremely important that we know the symptoms which can help in early diagnosis and possible recovery. How do you know if you are at risk? Check for these most common symptoms that may indicate diabetes:

1.  Frequent urination which is known as Polyuria. Your kidneys may not be able to absorb and filter the excess sugar in your blood. Therefore, it is excreted through your urine by absorbing fluids from your tissues. This is also the reason why your urine may emit a sweet odour.

2. Feeling excessively thirsty and this is known as Polydipsia. This may be coupled with having a dry mouth even after drinking water. Absorption of fluids from the tissues and frequent urination to excrete the excess sugar dehydrates your body and increases your thirst.
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3.  Increased hunger especially after eating. This is known as Polyphagia. Since sugar may not be transported from your food to your cells, you may remain unsatisfied and feel the urge to eat more.

4. Belly fat is one of the most important determinants of diabetes. If your waistline is more than 32 inches then you must get your blood sugar levels checked frequently.

5. Black spots on the neck or darkening of the skin.

6. A constant feeling of tiredness and fatigue.

7. Blurred vision. Excretion of excess sugar may also require fluids to be pulled from tissues in the eye which can affect your vision.

8. Sudden and unexplained weight loss. Losing sugar through frequent urination may lead to loss of calories and weight loss.

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These symptoms of diabetes may be subtle but if you spot them, you must consult a doctor as prevention is always better than cure.

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