6 Common Symptoms Of Diabetes And Why They Occur
There are many common symptoms of diabetes that are closely linked with blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have diabetes, but they can also be an indicator of pre-diabetes.
The Common Symptoms
Extreme exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep is one of the most common symptoms of diabetes. Fatigue causes a general lack of energy that can interfere with everyday activities and have a very negative effect on many different aspects of life, including relationships and career.
People living with diabetes can experience fatigue from high blood glucose levels, which causes blood to become thick (often referred to as ‘sludgy’) and slows down the transfer of oxygen and nutrients needed for optimal energy.
Additionally, high blood sugar can cause inflammation in the body, which studies show cause monocytes (white blood cells) to move into the brain and cause fatigue in the body.
“Chronic inflammation can be triggered by cellular stress and dysfunction, such as that caused by excessive calorie consumption, elevated blood sugar levels, and oxidative stress.” – Life Extension
Lastly, the body may not get enough energy from the glucose in the blood if insulin resistance is occurring. This can be a cause of fatigue.
2. Unexplained Increased Hunger
Also called Polyphagia, increased hunger is one of the top 3 signs of diabetes. Unexplained hunger means that there is not a visible need for the body to require more food, such as additional exercise, yet hunger is always present regardless.
When blood glucose levels are high and insulin resistance is occurring, the glucose cannot get into the cells for energy. When this happens, the body gets the message that cells need more energy and various messages are sent to stimulate your hunger. No matter how much you eat, you will not be able to stop the message of hunger if the cells are not able to obtain their energy. Worse, this increased intake of food will elevate blood sugar levels even higher contributing to more hunger.
3. Prone To Infection
When blood glucose levels are high, the nerves can become affected and blood circulation can become poor. This can make it difficult for blood to reach sores or cuts that require it for repair and rejuvenation. This inability to repair quickly can increase the likelihood of infections from bacteria and fungus.
4. Increased Urination
People who find themselves in the bathroom a lot could be suffering from polyuria, which is a condition where the body needs to urinate frequently and passes a large amount of urine each time. Left untreated, it can lead to dehydration and affect kidney function negatively.
Polyuria can occur when blood glucose levels are too high and the body tries to remove the excess glucose through the kidneys. The kidneys filter out more water during this process and this increases the need to urinate.
5. Increased Thirst
Along with increased urination, increased thirst will occur. This is because the body will feel dehydrated and send consistent messages to replenish the water in the body. If you experience an increased level of thirst, regardless of how much you drink, this could be a symptom of diabetes.
6. Inability To Concentrate (And Other Cognitive Issues)
When glucose is not able to be absorbed by the cells, brain function can be affected. Memory loss is often noticed, however, the inability to concentrate is also affected. Moreover, other issues, such as depression, may be a symptom of diabetes.
Do You Have Diabetes?
Of course, if you feel that you may have diabetes or even pre-diabetes, it is recommended that you consult with your physician. In addition, you may want to ask him about natural ways like the Diabetes Protocol or any other. You don’t always have to be stuck taking shots or drugs your entire life.