Diabetes Symptoms

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the symptoms associated with diabetes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isnt able to keep up and keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Eventually, diabetes complications may be disabling or even life-threatening.

Early symptoms of diabetes, especially type 2, can be subtle or seemingly harmless. However, some people have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes include:

Urinating often

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling very hungry

Extreme fatigue

Blurry vision

Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal

Weight loss, even though you are eating more, and

Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands and feet

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes.

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