According to WHO, the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in the year 1980 to 422 million in 2014. More so, diabetes prevalence has been rising more rapidly in both middle and low income countries, and is a major cause of heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney failure. But despite these facts, diabetes and its symptoms are very easily overlooked. Because not many people know what does diabetes actually do to the body, and what are the symptoms of sugar disease to look out for, hence diagnosis becomes even more delayed or in numerous cases, even undiagnosed. Large number of people may have pre diabetes, which means that their blood glucose levels are high, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. But because pre diabetes symptoms are also overlooked, this does then progress to diabetes.
Before we divulge further into the symptoms of diabetes, it is essential to understand the disease, its various types, the symptoms and the causes.
A chronic disease that happens when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, diabetes is also when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. A very common result of unchecked diabetes is hyperglycaemia, or raised levels of blood sugar, which leads to serious damage to many of the body’s systems over time. There are 4 types of diabetes:
Now drawing attention towards Type 2 diabetes symptoms and the diabetes causes, as this comprises the majority of people with diabetes across the world. First, we discover the top 9 symptoms and the early warning signs of Type 2 diabetes:
These nine warning signs are common to both men and women, but there are diabetes symptoms in men which are particular to them, such as low testosterone levels, ED, and others.
To summarise, paying close attention to your body, focusing on your health and fitness, properly monitoring your blood sugar levels and developing a healthy diet can help manage diabetes. If managed properly, most people with diabetes do lead a healthful life.
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