Diabetes can often be managed with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication but, with the right treatment, it can cause serious complications and even pose a risk to your life. Due to this, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If you want to be able to take better care of your health, take a look at these five unusual symptoms of diabetes and assess whether you’re at risk:
- Blurred Vision
If you experience blurred vision, you might assume that you need new glasses but, in fact, this can be a symptom of diabetic eye disease. If you notice any vision changes, it’s important to visit an optometrist as soon as possible, so that any underlying causes can be diagnosed and treated. Blurry, wavy vision, or seeing spot and flashing lights can be symptoms of diabetes, so be sure to ask your physician for advice if these symptoms apply to you.
Most people look out for physical symptoms when they’re trying to determine if they’re showing signs of diabetes, but your mood could be a good indicator of whether you have the condition. People with diabetes are unable to control their glucose levels effectively via naturally released insulin, which can lead to periods of excessively high or low blood sugar. One of the symptoms of low blood sugar is frustration or irritability. If you experience mood swings or you feel more grouchy than usual, it could be worth getting your levels checked.
Diabetes can affect the nerve fibers in any part of your body, which can lead to itching or numbness. Although this can be present anywhere on your body, it’s most common in the hands and feet. Sometimes known as peripheral neuropathy, you may also get a feeling of ‘pins and needles’ or burning in your extremities.
- Dry Mouth
When you have high blood sugar, you may notice that your saliva production or flow is inhibited. As a result, you may feel like you constantly have a dry mouth. In turn, this can lead to oral health issues, such as gum disease. Symptoms include sore, swollen, and/or bleeding gums, so don’t ignore any discomfort in this area. For many people, a trip to the dentist may actually be one of the first signs that they have undiagnosed diabetes.
Dizziness can be caused by both high and low blood sugar, which means people with diabetes can notice this symptom frequently. More common causes, such as dehydration or hunger, could be behind your dizziness but it’s well worth visiting your doctor if you experience periods of dizziness or vertigo.
Dealing with Diabetes
Undiagnosed diabetes can be life-threatening but, with treatment, your condition can be well-managed. If you have diabetes, you may need to use insulin to manage your blood sugar levels, for example. Additionally, people with type 2 diabetes may be advised to reduce their sugar intake. By making adjustments to your diet and lifestyle, as well as seeking medical treatment, you can avoid these unusual symptoms of diabetes and enhance your quality of life.
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