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Diabetes is often thought of as a silent condition. Symptoms often don?t appear, or are too subtle to notice, until the disease has already progressed.

When you have diabetes, your body either doesn?t produce enough insulin, or doesn?t use this hormone effectively. Insulin?s main job is to move sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into the tissues to be used for energy or stored. When insulin is in short supply or can?t efficiently move glucose into the cells, sugar builds up in the bloodstream and causes diabetes symptoms.

Two hallmark diabetes symptoms are excessive thirst and frequent urination. As the kidneys work to remove extra sugar from the bloodstream through the urine, they pull extra fluids from the tissues along with the sugar. These additional fluids increase urine volume, and lead to a more frequent need to use the bathroom. Losing more fluids causes dehydration, making you drink more fluids, and leading to a repeating cycle of thirst and urination.

Some people with diabetes feel drained of energy, in part because sugar isn?t getting into their cells to be burned for fuel. They also absorb fewer calories from food, leading to increased hunger and possibly weight loss.

Diabetes symptoms can also reflect the damage high blood sugar inflicts on the nerves. Numbness or tingling from nerve damage often affects the hands and feet. Sometimes, diabetes symptoms involve the eyes. Blurred vision is a sign that high blood sugar has reduced the amount of fluid in the lenses of the eyes and has compromised focusing ability. Diabetes can also lead to swollen gums and loose teeth by reducing the body?s ability to fight infection.

If you have diabetes symptoms, it?s important to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Left unchecked, high blood sugar can damage the nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other organs. The sooner you get treatment, the easier it will be to manage your condition.

Prediabetes Symptoms: Are They a Reliable Indicator?

Prediabetes Symptoms: Are They a Reliable Indicator?

During your latest doctor’s appointment, your physician breaks the news that you have prediabetes. It means your blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. You’re surprised not only by the diagnosis, but also by the fact that you experienced no prediabetes symptoms. After

Have You Taken a Diabetes Test?

Have You Taken a Diabetes Test?

Maybe you’re a few pounds overweight. You’re not as active as you used to be, or maybe you were never physically active to begin with. Your blood pressure might be a little high, and your cholesterol might be making a steady climb into undesirable territory. But what about your blood

Diabetes Symptoms: Do You Have Risk Factors?

Diabetes Symptoms: Do You Have Risk Factors?

Scientists have identified a number of risk factors for the development of diabetes. While some of these, such as family history, are the same for all three types of diabetes, there are risk factors unique to each type. Being aware of the risk factors that apply to you can aid

Diabetes Symptoms in Women

Diabetes Symptoms in Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 13 million women—or roughly 11 percent of all women in the U.S.—suffer from diabetes. What characterizes diabetes symptoms in women? A number of factors can come into play. First, let’s answer the question “What is diabetes?”

Diabetes is a

On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

On the Lookout: Diabetes Symptoms in Men

Diabetes symptoms in men can mirror those in women, but there are some differences, as we discuss here. It helps to first understand what diabetes is: a condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, which can lead to a number of serious complications.

In people without diabetes, the pancreas produces the

What Is Diabetes?

What Is Diabetes?

People who haven’t encountered it may wonder, “What is diabetes?” Also known as diabetes mellitus, diabetes is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy.

There are three primary forms—diabetes type 1, diabetes type 2, and gestational

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms and Oral Medications

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms and Oral Medications

If you’re experiencing type 2 diabetes symptoms, there are a variety of oral medications your healthcare provider may prescribe for you. The meds may work as single therapy, in combination with insulin, or in combination with another oral medication.
Each group of drugs has a unique mode of action, but

What Causes Diabetes?

What Causes Diabetes?

Is diabetes inherited? Or do diabetes symptoms emerge when you consider lifestyle factors like diet, smoking, and exercise? There are actually different causes for Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes, but most scientists agree that all three are influenced by both a person’s genes and their environment.
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