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Watch for These 10 Signs of Diabetes

Posted by Melissa Hanes
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Watch for These 10 Signs of Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that affects how your body processes glucose (sugar), leading to elevated blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, because of the high levels of sugar in the common American diet, insulin resistance is a common development that eventually leads to more than one million new diagnoses of diabetes each year. It’s one of the most common chronic diseases in American adults, and the long-term effects can seriously impact your quality of life or even lead to an early death.

Everyone should be aware of these ten signs of diabetes, particularly if you possess any of the common risk factors (such as a family history of the condition, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, or a history of gestational diabetes).

  1. Frequent urination (polyuria): You may find yourself urinating more often than usual, especially at night.
  2. Excessive thirst (polydipsia): Increased urination can lead to dehydration, causing you to feel very thirsty and drink more fluids.
  3. Feeling hungry all the time (polyphagia): Despite eating, you may still feel constantly hungry, as your cells are not getting enough glucose due to insulin resistance or deficiency.
  4. Unexplained weight loss: Even though you are eating more, you might experience unintentional weight loss, especially in type 1 diabetes.
  5. Fatigue: Feeling tired and fatigued is a common symptom, as your body’s cells are not getting enough energy due to the lack of glucose utilization.
  6. Blurred vision: High blood sugar levels can cause the lens in your eye to swell, leading to blurry vision.
  7. Slow-healing sores or frequent infections: High blood sugar levels can weaken the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infections and heal wounds.
  8. Tingling or numbness in hands and feet: Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage nerves, leading to peripheral neuropathy, which causes tingling, numbness, or pain in the extremities.
  9. Dry, itchy skin: Elevated blood sugar can cause dryness and itching in the skin.
  10. Frequent infections, such as yeast infections: High blood sugar levels create a conducive environment for the growth of bacteria and yeast, leading to recurring infections, especially in the genital area.

It’s important to note that some people with type 2 diabetes may not experience noticeable symptoms initially, or the symptoms may develop gradually. Therefore, regular check-ups with a healthcare provider are crucial, especially if you have risk factors for diabetes. Early detection and effective management can help prevent complications and improve overall health outcomes.

Melissa Hanes //

I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Neosho, MO. My husband (Derek) and I have 6 children and 6 sweet grandchildren who we adore. It wasn’t until 2009 when I moved back to Oklahoma that I started my insurance career and developed a passion for educating seniors on their rights and options regarding Medicare. Over the last decade I’ve been helping this under served population by empowering them to make the best insurance decisions for their individual healthcare needs.

In 2019 I resigned my position as Sales Manager for one of the nation’s largest Medicare insurance carriers to join the amazing team at OKMedicareHelp. I provided support, training and mentorship to hundreds of independent insurance agents around the state of Oklahoma and gave them the tools they needed to make the right impact for Medicare beneficiaries. The experience I gained in my previous role gave me a unique look at how to help navigate the complexities of Medicare for both Medicare beneficiaries and agents alike.

I pride myself on operating with the highest integrity and having a heart to serve our local senior community. I would be honored to help you navigate the complexities of Medicare and be of service for all your insurance needs.

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