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Things You May Not Know About Diabetes
Did you know?
Diabetes Mellitus literally means "sweet urine" or to "flow like honey". Do you know the reason for this particular title? When sugar levels in the blood get too high, the body tries to purge itself by putting the excess sugar into the urine. This is the reason that so many diabetics whose sugar is not controlled have kidney failure later on.
Another fact your doctor may not share with you is that uncontrolled sugar levels can cause insomnia. Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or feeling groggy upon waking up. Chronic Insomnia can also cause elevated sugar levels which is another Catch 22 of diabetes.
Two other possible side effects of diabetes that are not commonly discussed are extreme fatigue and depression. Though the fatigue is mentioned as a sign of diabetes it is often left untreated. From personal experience the fatigue has left my life hard to take. Constantly feeling exhausted and wanting to sleep has made my life difficult and miserable. Depression is often left untreated in diabetes too.
A lack of zest for life, a feeling of despair and fear of the complications of diabetes are all signs of this depression. Sometimes, just having high blood sugar levels can leave you moody and down.
Some of the other side effects may include: dry scaly skin, loss of vision, kidney failure, heart problems, bad circulation in extremities including feet and hands, weight gain, injection site reactions, reactions to diabetic medicines including nausea and vomiting, brain damage and the list goes on and on.
An accumulated list I found on the web includes the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fatigue – feeling tired
- Skin rash
- Dry skin, nail problems, hair loss, frozen shoulder
- Sexual problems
- Insomnia – disturbed sleep
- CNS side effects: mood changes, anxiety, dizzyness, sleep disturbance
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Liver toxicity, rash and nevirapine
- Lactic acidosis, pancreatitis and fatty liver
- Abacavir hypersensitivity reaction
- Kidney toxicity including kidney stones
- Increased bilirubin and jaundice
- T-20: injection site reactions (ISRs) and other side effects
- Fat loss (lipoatrophy)
- Fat accumulation
- Cholesterol and triglycerides
- Increased blood-sugar levels and risk of type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Bone mineral changes
This list was found at
For the diabetic, what may be facing them in the future can be terrifying and hard to live with. Counseling may be helpful in helping them to cope.