Discover the most common symptoms of diabetes and what diagnosis of the condition might look like.
Heading into the holidays, the likelihood of sugar overloads is pretty high. After all, who can resist that delicious Thanksgiving dessert? But, some peoples' bodies do not process sugars properly, and that insulin resistance can make it difficult to fully enjoy all of the holiday treats.
Frequently diagnosed, especially in women, diabetes is a treatable condition with multiple tell-tale signs of development.
**If you missed it, check out the first article in this series > Health: Diabetes Awareness**
For those who are prepared, the symptoms of diabetes can act as warning signs to provide ample opportunity for treatment before severe complications arise. However, what if you don't know the typical diabetes symptoms? Several online resources, including The American Diabetes Association, provide thorough lists of possible symptoms such as those common in type 1 and 2:
According to Mayo Clinic, those who develop pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes may take longer to exhibit symptoms. On the other hand, symptoms are likely to show up faster and be more severe in those with type 1.
Pre-diabetes does not usually have signs or symptoms, but darkened skin on certain body parts (i.e. armpits, elbows, knees, knuckles, or neck) may signal your risk for developing type 2.
Diabetes care is often managed by doctors, known as endocrinologists, who can perform a variety of tests to confirm a diagnosis and rule out other causes. Possible tests include:
If type 1 is suspected, the following tests might also be run.
Tests for gestational diabetes are slightly different and may include testing and/or screening early on in pregnancy if you are at risk for developing this condition.
Please keep in mind that there may be other causes, besides diabetes, for the symptoms listed above. If you think you may be experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible.
A positive diagnosis is an important first step to finding a therapy that works for you. To see a collection of currently available treatments, see this related post: Diabetes Treatment (coming November 16th).
Which diabetes symptoms do you experience most?
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