Did you know one of the most common diabetes and prediabetes symptoms is chronic fatigue? It’s true, and it’s because diabetes prevents your body from using energy properly. Instead, it stores glucose (your body’s favorite energy source) in your blood rather than letting it get to your cells where it’s needed.
When you have diabetes, it’s common to feel as though you never have enough energy. Even after pounding back a few cups of coffee and getting lots of rest, you may feel exhausted after doing little or no even physical activity. Here are a few of the other more common symptoms of diabetes.
- Overweight and obesity
- Frequent urination
- You are constantly very thirsty (it’s a much stronger thirst than usual)
- You feel hungry even though you are eating or even immediately after eating
- Your vision may blur, or you may notice changes in your ability to see clearly
- When you get a bruise or a cut, you heal very slowly
- You become sick or get infections more frequently than normal
- With Type 2 diabetes, tingling or numbness in your hands and feet can be a sign of full-blown diabetes or prediabetes
- With Type 1 diabetes, you may experience unexplained weight loss, even if you are eating more to keep this from happening.
- With Type 1 diabetes, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pains may occur at the condition’s onset.
If you display a symptom or two from time to time, there may not be a serious issue. However, when you experience two or more of these classic diabetes symptoms regularly, it’s time to get your glucose levels and your A1C checked. Early diagnosis and treatment produce the best results with any type of diabetes. An A1C test measures the glycated form of hemoglobin (a form of hemoglobin chemically linked to a sugar) to obtain a three-month average of your blood sugar.
While these symptoms may not mean you have full-blown diabetes, they may indicate prediabetes. Prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are slightly elevated above what would be considered a normal, desirable level. Prediabetes can come and go and is a predictor of the eventual development of Type 2 diabetes if you don’t take steps now and make lifestyle changes.
Prediabetes (and diabetes, for that matter) can only be confirmed during a checkup with your doctor. With blood sugar meters more widely available online, you can test your blood sugar levels with a basic test and monitor yourself. Don’t self-diagnose, but do use any self-testing data to show your doctor what you have been tracking.
Take another look at the list of diabetes symptoms listed earlier. An occasional appearance of some of those symptoms could be an early indicator of prediabetes.
If you’ve avoided regular checkups, you could be prediabetic or diabetic and not yet know it! If you are prediabetic and don’t change habits and activities in your life that are harming you, you stand a very good chance of developing full blown Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes opens the door to a world of health challenges, so please be proactive and take steps to find out what your diabetes risk is.
There is good news though, as people who are prediabetic can employ a 3-pronged treatment plan that can keep Type 2 diabetes from developing. When you’re proactive, you can also dramatically lower your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and several other major health problems.
Let’s look at three simple but extremely important practices for successfully preventing and treating diabetes and prediabetes symptoms. Your food choices will have a significant impact on your blood sugar levels. Eat lots of sugary processed foods? Consider making some dietary shifts. How about activity levels? Do you spend your day sitting in a chair? Consider moving more, using an activity tracker to help monitor, walking every day and possibly joining a gym. Does stress get you down? Practice mindfulness, meditation, or other activities and methods to reduce your stress levels.
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Let me know how you like it. You can reach me here: CherylAMajor@ThinStrongHealthy dot com
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