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Diabetes Mellitus - Determining The Warning Signs Of Diabetes

More and more people are becoming affected by diabetes mellitus which is also known simply as diabetes at increasing rates each year. About half of the millions of diabetics are unaware that they have this disease. This article discusses diabetes mellitus as well as determining the warning signs of diabetes.

It is important to remember that type 2 diabetes which continues to explode each year in the number of new cases, may not produce any symptoms at all. This means that it is very important that you schedule a doctors visit or a quick trip to a drugstore or other place that schedules diabetes testing to determine whether you have diabetes or not.

Knowledge is power and will help you properly manage and even cure diabetes. Ignorance of your status will only lead to diabetes related complications that may prove fatal. Do not ignore any troubling symptoms that you experience.

When the body does not produce any or enough insulin or develops a resistance to the insulin produced by the body, diabetes usually develops. Insulin is very necessary for the proper functioning of the body.

When food is converted to glucose and released into the blood, insulin is then produced by the pancreas to deal with these blood glucose levels. Insulin then proceeds to distribute this insulin to the various cells in the body that need insulin for energy.

Malfunctioning insulin will lead to the accumulation of glucose in the blood with nowhere to go. These high glucose levels in the blood can be very damaging to various organs such as the heart and kidneys which leads to heart disease, kidney disease, etc. These high glucose levels will cause the body to get rid of the glucose through urine which means that the body's cells will not have any energy or fuel needed for daily activity and the proper functioning of the body.

These high glucose levels will lead to various other diabetes related complications besides heart and kidney disease such as nerve damage, limb amputations, blindness, a diabetic coma that can be fatal and so forth.

Type 1 diabetes which is also known as juvenile diabetes usually begins in childhood and requires daily injections of insulin either because the body does not produce any insulin or produces too little.

Type 2 diabetes can result from a family history of diabetes and usually begins in adulthood. When people make poor lifestyle choices that include a lack or exercise and following a bad diet, they increase their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. With proper lifestyle changes, this type of diabetes can be cured. As mentioned previously, this type may not produce any symptoms at all.

Gestational diabetes is another type of diabetes mellitus. It usually affects pregnant women and may develop during the third trimester. It may go away on its own after the birthing process or may develop into type 2 diabetes later in life.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

The first of the symptoms of diabetes that a diabetic may experience is diabetes ketoacidosis that usually involves the diabetic suffering from nausea and vomiting. This usually leads to dehydration and severe problems of the levels of potassium in the blood. Diabetes ketoacidisis can lead to a diabetic coma that may lead to death if not properly treated.

The various other signs and symptoms of diabetes include experiencing a severe form of fatigue that is beyond the norm. Since the body is not getting any distribution of glucose required for energy, extreme fatigue will be experienced by diabetics.

If you experience unexplained weight loss, this could be one of the signs of diabetes. The loss of the high levels of glucose and water through urine is one of the causes of the extreme weight loss.

Experiencing high levels of thirst is another of the symptoms of diabetes. When a diabetic has high levels of glucose in the blood, the body will attempt to dilute the blood which means that a diabetic will have frequent brain signals that water is necessary which leads to extreme thirst. This then means that diabetics also have high urination levels leading to dehydration and the vicious and deadly cycle continues.

Another of the symptoms of diabetes is slow healing wounds that do not appear to respond to treatment or the passage of time. These slow healing wounds can lead to more infections that can cause ulcers and other problems.

These are only a few of the signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus. Determining the warning signs of diabetes is the first step to fight and overcome this chronic and debilitating disease.

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