One of the most dangerous things about the most common type of diabetes, type 2, is that life-threatening complications often occur before any diabetes symptoms ever develop. In fact, many people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at all, while others have diabetes symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. If the symptoms go unnoticed and the disease is left untreated, the risks of complications such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, amputations, and more can skyrocket. Some individuals, however, may experience the typical symptoms of diabetes. Therefore, it’s a good idea for all of us to know what the diabetes symptoms are and be able to recognize them.
Excessive hunger or increased appetite
Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
Sensations of tingling, tickling, prickling, pricking, pain, or burning in the hands or feet
Darker, thicker skin in areas of body folds and creases
Because many individuals with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms, the disease often remains undiagnosed for many years. In fact, millions of diabetics in the U.S. have no idea they have the disease. Many of these individuals will first become aware of their disease not when they develop one of the diabetes symptoms listed above, but rather when they develop one of diabetes’ life-threatening complications, such as a heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease. Other diabetes complications include heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and other forms of cardiovascular disease, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, cancer, depression, and erectile dysfunction. The earlier you catch diabetes, the easier it is and the more likely you are to completely prevent these diabetes complications and avoid diabetes symptoms.
Since these diabetes symptoms are not a reliable way for many people to discover they have diabetes, it is critical for individuals to get annual checkups with their doctor which should include the typical lab tests for diabetes and prediabetes: fasting blood sugar and glycohemoglobin A1c. If the numbers don’t look good, take your doctor’s advice seriously. Diabetes can be reversed with the proper diet changes and the use of natural healing protocols, but the sooner you get started the better your chances of getting it under control.
If you suffer from diabetes or you have experienced any of the diabetes symptoms, it is critical that you begin following a low-glycemic diet and/or begin using natural remedies to lower blood sugar. You can find out more about these therapies here:
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