Watch out for diabetes symptoms!

It is life altering event to be diagnosed with diabetes. One has to follow a strict rule book of diet, exercise and lifestyle change. Moreover, the entire family has to be vigilant about it for the benefit of the family member affected with diabetes. It is advisable to be watchful about certain signs and diabetes symptoms that may be an indication of high blood sugar!

Though, statistics indicate that one out of every three people within the early stages of type 2 diabetes is not even aware they have the disorder. And that the early symptoms of type 2 diabetes may be missed. But, once you reach the pre-diabetic stage, you may show certain signs and symptoms that may require your attention. Hence, the best way to prevent diabetes is to have a regular blood sugar test and consult your doctor if you show any of these signs and symptoms listed below, as persistent high blood sugar levels may lead to these:

  • Increased thirst that may subsequently lead to frequent urination, unusual hunger, dry mouth and weight loss or gain.
  • Fatigue & Headaches may again be a sign of high blood sugars.
  • Blurred vision that may be due to development of Glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye), Cataracts (clouding of lens) or Diabetic Retinopathy (disorders of retina) mainly affecting the diabetic patients.
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
  • Sore feet
  • Sexual impotence or problems
  • High blood pressure is known to be twice as common in people with diabetes.
  • Itchy skin or Infectious eruptions in the form of styes, boils or blisters etc that take longer time to heal, may be an indication of increased levels of blood sugar.

All the above are some of the top symptoms to watch for. You can call them RED ALERTS though, there could be another list to be aware of.

Sometimes listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for others. One such experience is shared by Mr Manish Kamdar (Mumbai) who had to limit his certain activity due to ear infection caused due to high sugar levels.

Meet Mr Manish Kamdar

“I really want to share my experience of diabetes with others so that it helps those who face similar symptoms or may be at the risk of hitting this disease can be observant about their signs and symptoms.

I was diagnosed with diabetes sometimes in 1999 or 2000 when I was 32 or 33. My Mother is a diabetic too. I had some skin infection which went from bad to worse and showed no signs of reversal. That is when I went to a skin specialist and he advised me to get my sugar levels tested just as a precaution. The worst fears came true as I was 180 fasting and 220 PP. I have been Type 2 diabetic and so, on tablets all the time.

Moreover, my ears are extremely sensitive ears. I learnt swimming when I was 44 and started doing it on a regular basis as part of the exercise regimen. However, my ears would always get infected and the pain always was unbearable. I tried using ear plugs and a lot of other things. Finally, the ENT advised me to stop swimming and look for another activity as he felt that whenever my sugars would be high, I would be prone to infection and if they continued to remain high, the infection would go from bad to worse. That led me to cycling.

I am now enjoying the weekly regimen of walking on Mondays & Thursdays (where I walk 9 kms each day), Cycling on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (target of 100+ kms in those 3 days) and BKS Iyengar Yoga on Wednesdays and Saturdays (90 minutes each).”

Finally, an advice!

If you experience any sign and symptoms listed above, then DO NOT let diabetes sneak up on you. Visit your doctor for a blood sugar check and not just once but on a regular basis. For others who have just been diagnosed, please remember that diabetes is fully controllable unlike some other diseases! Look at the positive side and stay strong and you

Kawaljit Kaur

Kawaljit is a healthcare professional with an experience of over 15 years in healthcare operations. Her last corporate position was Vice President-Operations at Centre for Sight. As a writer, she has an expertise in writing medical contents and those related to present healthcare scenarios for various platforms that include medical professionals, healthcare companies, web health portals, hospitals and at present also heading the editorial team of a healthcare magazine.

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