Melinda Hany, Registered Nurse
Type 1 diabetes was previously known as juvenile diabetes, as it’s most commonly diagnosed in people under 20. However, type 1 diabetes can develop at any age, although it is far more uncommon than type 2 diabetes
With type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune response in the body causes the pancreas to destroy its own beta cells (insulin-producing cells that let blood sugar inside the body, where it can be used for energy) This causes the body to make less insulin, or even stop making insulin entirely.
Type 2 diabetes involves slightly different factors With type 2 diabetes, the body develops resistance to insulin which causes it not to be able to use glucose as effectively.
Urine should have a faint or non-existent odor, so if you notice a fruity scent this could be a bad sign and you should go to the doctor.
Feeling hunger after a meal has to do with how the body processes food. A healthy body uses insulin to converts the glucose into food energy. The lack of insulin in diabetics makes the body feel tired and hungry even after a meal.
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Diabetics have a harder time fighting off infections because high blood sugar levels can actually slow the healing process. Areas that are getting infected include bladder, vagina, feet, kidneys, skin, and gums.
If you feel like you’re coming down with some infections or not quickly healing from any small cuts or scrapes, contact your doctor straight away.
“Frequent yeast infections are especially tied to diabetes,” notes Melinda Hany, Registered Nurse.
Frequent urination can be especially noticeable at night if you find yourself waking up constantly to go to the bathroom. This may be caused by things such as urinary tract infections and pregnancy, it’s important to talk to your doctor to rule out other conditions.
Numbness in hands and feet is a result of diabetic neuropathy, a condition that can arise when chronic high blood sugar damages the nerves that send signals to your limbs.
This sensation affects roughly 50% of type 2 diabetics, and if it progresses even the lightest touches cause pain.
Poor circulation can result in some itching, dry skin, or yeast infections. This discomfort in your genital area can be a symptom of diabetes.
High blood sugar levels make it harder for the body to fight off some of the infections (like yeast)
“Blurry vision can be a common symptom of diabetes, due to how diabetes impacts the small blood vessels of the eyes,” notes Hany.
Blood sugar creates an increase in urination, which can lead to dehydration if you’re not taking in adequate fluids.
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