Diabetes Symptoms

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More than 23 million Americans have diabetes, and about one-fourth of these people are not even aware they have the disease. How can you tell if you are diabetic? In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill describes the symptoms of diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease that makes it difficult for your body to convert food into the energy your cells need to survive. This results in the sugar, or glucose, in your bloodsteam rising to higher levels than normal.

This can produce the following symptoms:

Feeling weak, tired or dizzy

Blurred vision

Excessive thirst

Frequent urination

Sudden weight loss

Lack of ability to concentrate

Increased hunger

Slow-healing skin infections, cuts or sores

Loss of coordination

Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands, and

Excessive weight gain

Ninety percent of people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. In these cases, the pancreas makes insulin, but the bodys cells have trouble using it properly. People with Type 2 diabetes generally rely on nutrition, physical activity and weight loss to help their bodies better use the insulin that is produced. Pills and insulin shots are also used to treat the disease.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.