Thanks for taking part in our Diabetes Quiz! We wanted to share some more information with you about your answers, so you can have a better understanding of the symptoms of diabetes.
If you’re a man, you may have a slightly higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes than women1, although diabetes is a risk for everyone.
If you are over the age of 40, you have a higher risk of getting diabetes2, as this is when it usually occurs.
If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, then that is a significant risk factor for the disease3.
Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
Being diagnosed with diabetes depends on the type. Type 1 is much less common than Type 2, with about 10% of diabetics being Type 1.
Would you say you have a weight problem?
If you’re overweight, this can lead to a greater chance of having type 2 diabetes, so having excess weight may make you more likely to have the condition.
If you’ve recently had unexplained weight loss, this can be a symptom of type 1 diabetes. It’s because the body is unable to metabolize sugar, and may start breaking down fat.
Have you felt thirstier, or found yourself drinking more than usual recently?
Having more thirst is a symptom of both types of diabetes. It’s actually caused by your body’s inability to process the sugar in your blood, meaning that your body takes fluid from your body to try to dilute the sugar, causing thirst. But, thirst can come on gradually. With type 2 diabetes, you don’t lose the ability to process sugar overnight, meaning your excess thirst may be so gradual that it’s not really noticeable.
Are you noticing that you’re urinating more than usual?
When you urinate more than usual, this could be a symptom of diabetes. You may be drinking more because of the thirst, and your body may be secreting excess sugar in your urine. But it’s also indicative of other conditions, so it’s always best to speak to your doctor.
Have you noticed that any cuts and grazes you might have seem to be taking longer to heal than usual?
Cuts and grazes can take longer to heal as glucose levels in the bloodstream can slow down healing. However, those who have just developed diabetes may not yet have experienced this symptom.
If you have diabetes, cuts and grazes can take longer to heal due to the levels of blood glucose to rise. This means it can be harder for the blood to reach the area. But it’s not always indicative of the disease. Slow wound healing can also happen from zinc deficiency or another complaint.
Have you noticed any changes to your eyesight at all?
You might notice that as your diabetes worsens, the build-up of glucose in the blood can cause problems with eyesight and vision. If left untreated, this can cause problems and potentially damage our eyesight! But vision problems aren’t necessarily a sign of diabetes, it could just be down to our age. Always check with your doctor; especially if problems come on very suddenly.
Have you ever experienced a tingling sensation or a pins and needles feeling in your hands or feet?
If you have high levels of glucose in the bloodstream, it can lead to an inflammatory response. This usually occurs in the smaller vessels, causing something called ‘diabetic neuropathy’ - a tingling feeling in the hands or feet. You may also have a vitamin or mineral deficiency - so make sure you get checked out.
Have you been feeling really tired or sleepy lately?
If you’re feeling sleepy, this could be due to diabetes, because it can cause slow circulation to your cells, making you feel more tired. It occurs because of inflammation. But feeling tired can be a symptom of many conditions, including depression, so make sure you get checked out.
Do you ever experience dizziness?
If you’re diabetic, you can develop something called hypoglycemia from a decrease of food intake, or from taking too much medication, which can mean you get low blood sugar levels. In this situation, the person experiences dizziness or lightheadedness because the brain lacks glucose to function properly.
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms above, we recommend consulting with your physician about your risk of diabetes.
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