There are many symptoms that can point to diabetes, and recognizing them is important so the body does not incur more damage than is already being done. Although there are common symptoms that point to diabetes in general, there are other symptoms that can give a person a more specific idea on whether or not they are experiencing type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Knowing the difference between the symptoms and telling a doctor about these symptoms can get treatment to a person sooner for their specific type of diabetes, helping prevent further complications in the body that are caused by diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is the type of diabetes where the pancreas produces little or no insulin to the body, preventing the body from changing the glucose produced into energy. Along with other symptoms, like frequent urination, fatigue and hunger, there are a few other symptoms that point directly to type 1 diabetes. A person with type 1 diabetes can experience unplanned weight loss. This symptom can come along even if a person has not changed the way they eat, or are not trying to diet or lose weight. This symptom occurs because the person is not getting enough energy from meals, so it starts burning muscle and fat for energy as an alternative.
Another symptom that points directly towards type 1 diabetes is nausea and vomiting. This happens because the body is resorting to burning fat, and these makes ketones. These ketones can build up in the blood to dangerous levels, and can cause a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening. The ketones can make a person feel sick to their stomach, and cause vomiting. Along with weight loss and nausea/vomiting, a person may want to ask their doctor about the possibility of type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes Treatment:
Type 1 Diabetes Treatments focus on maintaining normal blood sugar levels, healthy dieting and exercise, as well as insulin therapy.
Type 2 Diabetes:
When symptoms of type 2 diabetes appear in the body, it is after the glucose in the body has been high for a long period of time. Type 2 diabetes is the type of diabetes that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. One of the symptoms that can point to type 2 diabetes is slow-healing sores or cuts. High blood sugar can affect the body’s blood flow and cause nerve damage, which makes it hard for the body to heal wounds. Another result of nerve damage caused by high blood sugar levels is pain and numbness in the feet and/or legs.
Yeast infections are common with people who have type 2 diabetes, and nth men and women who have diabetes can get them. Yeast feds on glucose, and since people with diabetes have plenty in their body, yeast can flourish. Yeast infections can grow in any warm or moist fold of skin. Examples of areas where yeast infections can happen are: in or around sex organ, between fingers an toes, and under the breasts.
While there are many common symptoms that point to a general diagnosis of diabetes, the symptoms listed above can help a person and their medical professional to realize if they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. By recognizing these symptoms early on, diabetes sufferers can prevent further damage to their body, and get the treatment they need in order to live the healthiest life they can.
Type 2 diabetes treatments include:
- Diet, exercise and weight loss
- Glucose-lowering medications
- Insulin therapy
- Other medical interventions