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Don’t Let Diabetes Sneak Up on You

Don’t Let Diabetes Sneak Up on You

Because diabetes often causes no obvious symptoms initially, it can sneak up on you and damage your body for years without you knowing it. The number of people living with diabetes has reached epidemic levels. More than 34 million people are estimated to have diabetes, and close to 8 million of them are undiagnosed. 

The team at Internal Medicine Practices in Tavares and Lady Lake, Florida, is dedicated to providing exceptional internal medicine with an emphasis on preventive and whole-body health. 

Through our internal medicine services, our team can detect early warning signs of diabetes so you can take action to protect your health. Let’s discuss some of the early signs to look out for.

Increase in appetite

With diabetes, your blood glucose remains abnormally elevated. High blood sugar damages blood vessels over time and causes a host of health issues. In people with diabetes, your cells become less sensitive to the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin.

When glucose can’t enter your cells, they’re unable to get the fuel they need. As a result, you may feel hungry, even when you’ve eaten. If you’re feeling more hungry than usual and eating doesn’t satisfy your hunger, it’s time to see your primary care physician.

Unexplained weight loss

Unexplained weight loss is an important sign to watch for. This may be a clue that there’s an issue with energy regulation. Because weight loss is also a symptom of various other conditions, it’s important to see a healthcare provider for an evaluation. 

Frequent need to urinate

One of the most common early signs of diabetes is an increase in urination. Your kidneys filter glucose from your blood and excrete it through your urine. When your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, your kidneys must produce more urine to eliminate the excess sugar.

In addition to frequent bathroom visits, an increase in thirst is also common.

Feeling tired and worn out

Glucose gives your body energy. You may feel tired if you don't have that energy. Dehydration (due to frequent urination) may worsen your fatigue.

Blurry vision

Blurry vision is also an early indicator of diabetes. When your blood sugar levels are elevated, your eyes draw in more water, causing the lens to swell. This swelling alters the shape of your eye and its ability to focus, causing your vision to deteriorate.

Abnormal sensations in fingers or toes

The extra glucose in your blood has an impact on many body systems, including your blood vessels and nerves. Smaller blood vessels and nerves, such as those in your hands and feet, are especially vulnerable to the damage of high blood sugar.

Tingling, burning, numbness, or pain in your fingers or toes may indicate nerve damage and should be taken seriously.

These early signs of diabetes can be subtle and go unnoticed or misdiagnosed. The best way to prevent diabetes from developing or slow its progression is to visit your healthcare provider to have your blood sugar checked.

Our team reviews your overall health and screens for diabetes. We help you take action if you have risk factors or if you have prediabetes or diabetes. The sooner you take action, the better your outcome. 

With the rate of diabetes on the rise, everyone should be concerned about preventing this condition and other common chronic diseases. Take control of your health now. Call our office most convenient to you to schedule a visit today or book an appointment online

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