Each year diabetes kills approximately 80,000 people in the United States and in 2017, the American Diabetes Association estimated that 7.2 million Americans have diabetes but don’t know it. Diabetes is one of the diseases called a “silent killer” because it can develop without obvious signs so it is important to know what the early warning signs are.
Having type 2 diabetes means your body is unable to use insulin properly. Early in the disease, your pancreas will produce extra insulin to compensate for you bodies inefficient use but eventually the pancreas wears out and is unable to make enough insulin to adequately control the glucose levels in your blood. When this happens, glucose, or sugar, builds up in your cells causing damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart.
Early warning signs include:
- Extreme thirst
- Increased hunger
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Excessive or unexplained fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Dry mouth
- Changes in vision
- Patches of dark skin
- Wounds or bruises that heal slowly
- Frequent yeast infections
- Urinary tract infections
If you are exhibiting the early signs of diabetes and, you have a body mass index of 25 or higher, or are over the age of 45, the American Diabetes Association recommends you seek screening by a health care professional.
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