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Do You Know If You Have Diabetes?

Updated on July 26, 2013

Diabetes Can Be Very Subtle

"How do I know if I have diabetes?" This lens offers diabetes mellitus info for help with the pre-diabetic.  Specifically, we will discuss the subtle signs of onset diabetes.  

I am not doctor, but relate my information from personal research and experience.

As far as my personal story.  I have had diabetes for 30 years, and it was a long time before I even knew that I had this disease.  I believe this lens will help those who are in doubt about their health.

Do you have diabetes?

If you cannot answer NO to this poll, you need to at least have your sugar checked!

Do you have ANY signs of diabetes??

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How Do You Know?

How Do You Know If You Have Diabetes? 
(by Dean  Erickson)
 
Diabetes mellitus is a disorder characterized by the inability of the body to either produce or respond to insulin making it impossible to maintain proper levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. The extra glucose is excreted in the urine and because of the high level of glucose more water is flushed through. The diabetic experiences excessive urination and thirst.

The term Diabetes mellitus literally explains these symptoms: The Greek term diabainein, means "to pass through" (referring to the excessive urination) and mellitus comes from the Latin "sweetened with honey" (referring to the excessive presence of sugar).
There are basically two major types of diabetes: Type 1 (insulin-dependent) and Type 2 (non-insulin dependent).

Type 1 (formerly known juvenile-onset diabetes, because it is diagnosed in children or young adults) is caused by both genetic and environmental causes. In this case, the person's immune system produces antibodies that destroy the cells that produce insulin. Because the body can't produce insulin on its own, daily insulin injections are required.

Type 2 (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes, because it normally appears in people aged over 40) is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for about 90% of cases. Genetic factors play a major role in the development of Type 2, but obesity is also a major factor. A typical Western lifestyle means a diet that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates and a minimal exercise plan and these habits are strong risk factors. Interestingly, people who do not live in Westernized areas do not tend to get Type 2 diabetes, regardless of their family history.

A third type of diabetes, known as Gestational Diabetes, affects women who have high blood-sugar levels during pregnancy. This should be monitored as it can adversely affect the baby. There is also a high probably that women who experience gestational diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes at a later stage.

Diabetes symptoms to watch out for include; frequent urination, excessive thirst and hunger, unusual weight loss, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) website is an informative starting point for all. Visit the site today and take the Online Diabetes Risk Test, which can help you determine if you are at risk of developing diabetes. If you are deemed at risk and are experiencing one or more of the above mentioned symptoms you should see your doctor immediately.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes the ADA website has informative articles the disease, plus lots of suggestions on lifestyle and diet changes for those diagnosed with diabetes. A quick Internet search for "Diabetes Supply" will also bring up various sites offering products suitable for those living with diabetes.

There's nothing at all to be scared of. There's lots of help and advice available literally at your fingertips.

Dean Erickson. Journalist, and web site builder Dean Erickson lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of http://www.diabetes-top-resources.info on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.

Warning Signs Diabetes
Warning Signs Diabetes

Take Heed To The Subtle Warning Signs of Diabetes

The Five Major Warning Signs of Diabetes 

Frequent trips to the bathroom:  Are you going to the bathroom much more lately? Urination becomes more frequent when there is too much sugar in the blood.  If insulin is nonexistent or ineffective, the kidneys can't filter enough glucose back to the blood. They have to draw extra water out of the blood to dilute the glucose. This keeps your bladder full and it keeps you running to the bathroom.

Persistent Thirst:  This was the sign that I first noticed in my own diabetes.  I should have gone to the doctor right away, but I did not.  Don't be foolish.  Your thirst could be a sign of diabetes, especially if it seems to go with frequent urination. Your body is pulling extra water out of your blood and you're burying to the bathroom more, you are becoming dehydrated and feel the need to drink more to replace the water.

Weight Loss:  This symptom is more noticeable with Type 1 diabetes. In Type 1, the body often attacks the insulin producing cells. The body looks for an energy source because the cells aren't getting glucose. It starts to break down muscle tissue and fat for energy. However, it also affects type 2 with gradually increasing insulin resistance.

Weakness and Fatigue:  It's all about that glucose again. Glucose from the food we eat travels into the bloodstream where insulin helps it transfer into the cells of our body. The cells use it to produce the energy we need to live. When the insulin isn't there you feel sluggish.  Or if the cells don't react to it anymore, then the glucose stays outside the cells in the bloodstream. The cells become energy starved, tired and run down.

Tingling or Numbness in Your Hands, Legs or Feet:  Also called neuropathy. It occurs gradually over time as consistently high glucose in the blood damages the nervous system, especially in the extremities. Type 2 diabetes is a gradual onset, and people are often not aware that they have it. Therefore, blood sugar might have been high for more than a few years before a diagnosis is made. Nerve damage creeps up without our knowledge. Neuropathy can very often improve when tighter blood glucose control is achieved.


The above are the major warning signs but there are also many other.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For pre-diabetes these signs  are very subtle.  They can slip up on you.  Consult any suspensions with your doctor and have your sugar levels checked!




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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Side effects of Insulin are different in each people. Some of us experience them, some do not. Some side effects which can emerge are:

1. Degradation of blood sugar rate till resulting in hypoglycemia. It may be caused by late meal, abundant activity, or insulin use exceeds the suggested dose. If the hypoglycemia happened, you better consume the fruit or candy.
2. Redness and itchiness at the injection place.
3. Allergic reaction. It can be moderate or even severe. Moderate symptoms include swelling, itchy or squeezing at injection place. Severe symptoms among other are: pulse become quickly, blood pressure descends, squeezing all over the body, breath become difficult. If a patient experiences the severe symptoms, he/she should immediately contact his/her doctor. ..

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @amandascloset0: Have a great day, and be healthy!

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      amandascloset0 4 years ago

      I have diabetes and high blood pressure. Trying to find what's ok to eat makes me feel like Jack Sprat and his wife all rolled into one. Thanks for posting! Nice lens!

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @Melissa Miotke: Thanks, I agree!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Diabetes is so serious I'm sure it's important to diagnose it as soon as possible.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @anonymous: Thanks to you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son needs to look at this. Thank you, the information has been helpful.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @Montecristodog: Good luck with your diabetes!

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @Montecristodog: Thanks for coming by!

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @kavalonthatsme: Thanks and have a beautiful day!

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      kavalonthatsme 4 years ago

      Great Lens, I actually had gestational diabetes with my son!

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      Montecristodog 4 years ago

      Great article. I am a Pastor too. Looking forward to reading more of your article. Very informative.

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      Montecristodog 4 years ago

      Great article. I am a Pastor too. Looking forward to reading more of your article. Very informative.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @NibsyNell: Thank you for coming by!

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      oooMARSooo LM 4 years ago

      What a resource. There's a lot here! Very cool lens.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Really helpful info here. I know so many people who suffered with this for years before being diagnosed.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @Doc_Holliday: Thanks!

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @oooMARSooo LM: Lots to think about!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the important information

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @Doc_Holliday: Thanks!

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Very useful info. Thanks for sharing.

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      @ramonabeckbritman: Appreciate comments!

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      @Rangoon House: And Thank You

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      @johnsja: Have a great day!

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      bestbloodpressu 4 years ago

      Nice Lens. There's some good info here

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @OUTFOXprevention1: Thanks for visit and comments!

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      jennifer421 lm 4 years ago

      This would create awareness about diabetes, thanks for sharing.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      More and more should be asking this question. Thanks for the lens.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

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      adaxah 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great article

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      awesome info :)

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      This is a great resource for everyone. Thanks for sharing.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for such frank, easily understandable advice. Blessings.

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      ramonabeckbritman 4 years ago

      Awesome!!! Great information for people to better understand Diabetes.

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      Barbara Isbill 4 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @cararta lm: Thank you for the visit!

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      cararta lm 4 years ago

      You are exactly what I am aiming for...Educate, Educate Educate...Diabetes is a mean sneaky disease doing its dirty work unseen....especially in the unknowing and not yet diagnosed.

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      @sukkran trichy: Thanks!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      You are right on. Great work at increasing awareness. The best is for people to work with their doctors on changing their lifestyles before they even suspect diabetes. Do everything possible to avoid having to use drugs or insulin injections. My Dad was diabetic and it was an awful roller coaster.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing some useful info about diabetes. an informative lens.

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      JakeAnderson 5 years ago

      Great lens :-)

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      MayanC 5 years ago

      Nice approach to the subject.Thanks for sharing

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens! Very informative! It's something I have to watch for with my thyroid problems!

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      sally-james-56232 5 years ago

      Excellent lens. I also am a diabetic. Some great information here, thank you.

      Sally James

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Good data! New research is showing that if the onset of type II diabetes is diagnosed early enough, life-style changes will eliminate the need for medical therapies. In my own case, simply eliminating simple carbohydrates (sugars, starches, etc.) and eating a diet that adheres more closely with what the human body was designed to eat has kept my blood sugar levels between 85 and 125 dpm.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, thank you for sharing

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      cararta lm 5 years ago

      AS a long term beneficiary of Diabetes (more than 30 years) I know the symptoms and have used diet and exercise only for control. Getting harder as I get older. https://hubpages.com/health/losing-weight-to-contr... working on my lens about using diet and exercise to keep sugar under control, therefore weight and diabetes...We all need all the help we can get!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, and so, so important. I am a nurse, and see the sequelae of diabetes every day and it is not pretty. And tragically it is in younger and younger people. I am overweight, but working on it. I like knowing that increasing your exercise reduces your chances of getting diabetes, whether or not you lose weight, because weight loss can be hard. :( One of my biggest suggestions is to avoid pop - not much to recommend it. Experiment with Stevia - it is a natural no calorie sweetener. There is some soda pop sweetened with Stevia available here, but I am growing some and hope to learn to use it. Best of luck to every one as they take on this challenge. Pinned to my board "Illnesses and Getting Better" and Squidoo Angel Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, very detailed and informative, thanx

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      This is a very good lens. Great information! My mom has diabetes and I'm always looking for more info about it. Thank you for sharing.

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      danielandujar 5 years ago

      Thank you for the good info, after knowing the symptoms now I could be on the safe side.

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      depuyhiprecalllawyer 5 years ago

      Wew! I thought I have diabetes till I read this post.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very good information.....thanks

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      a2zmovies 5 years ago

      Thanks very nice info site

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      johnsampson95 5 years ago

      It's sad that so many people suffer from diabetes when it's so preventable. There are a number of people who have explained how to reverse diabetes through diet. Hopefully better information about diabetes prevention and reversal will make its way into the mainstream.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 48, after a bout of severe thirst. Only then did I realize that I had shown symptoms of diabetes my whole life and no one ever thought about it. Thanks for a thoughtful article.

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      maxinefox 6 years ago

      I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and it scared the devil out of me at first but then I learned how to cure diabetes naturally and my quality of life is actually better than it has been in over a decade.

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      Bob52 6 years ago

      As you mentioned, sometimes symptoms of diabetes are hard to detect. That's why it's important for people who have high risk factors such as being overweight, over 40 years of age, physically inactive, having a family history, etc. to be tested for diabetes.

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      paintingsgalore22 6 years ago

      I totally agree, diabetes can be very subtle.. so be very aware of the changes in your body. Great and informative lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for the great resources.

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      I appreciate this resource, with all it's helpful diabetes-prevention hints.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have "impaired fasting glycaemia" and "metabolic syndrome". They only treat my blood pressure and cholesterol although my fasting blood sugar is within the diabetic spectrum. In the UK they don't treat early if you are reasonably fit, so I use natural remedies like cinnamon, chromium and fenugreek and really watch my carb intake like a hawk. Thank you for this great lens.

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      With so many people becoming at risk from diabetes it's great to see a well constructed and informative lens on the subject.

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      boatner 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. If I could suggest a symptom to add it would be blurry vision. I've written about my experiences and findings since I was diagnosed last November. Please feel free to take a look at some of my lenses; I'd be interested in your input.

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      jjooo 6 years ago

      No i have no Diabetes. Every symptoms you have added in this lens that i am not find in body and i do body checkup after 6 months.

      Thanks for sharing this points in your lens may be it is useful after some time for me or for any my knowing person. I found one blog about Diabetes symptoms and from here i got so much information about Warning Signs Diabetes

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      dannystaple 9 years ago

      I have been concerned about the possibility of type 2 for some time. Over the last couple of years, I have drastically improved the amount of exercise and my diet, and I am hoping that reducing my weight, and using more low-gi foods that I can give my body, and specifically my liver, a chance to recover their balance. I am certainly thinking that I am liver-deficient.

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      LynetteBell 9 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens. I hope you'll drop by my new lens Recipes for Diabetics

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      DavePatrick 9 years ago

      I Was on four insulin shots a day, Overweight and always tired, Sorted my diet out and everything else seemed to fall into place. I don't think there is a true type 2 diabetes 100% magic cure but there is certainly a way to control it with diet and supplements.

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      Walteriz 9 years ago

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