Five Signs That Could be Symptoms of Diabetes



These Are The 8 Diabetes Symptoms Women Need To Watch Out For

Feb 2, 2019
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More than 30 million Americans—about 10% of the U.S. population—suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to the CDC. Even more startling: Roughly one in four doesn’t know she has the disease.

“There are millions of people with type-2 diabetes who are undiagnosed,” says Kristi Silver, MD, acting director of the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. How could this be? “More often than not, during the early stages people have no symptoms at all,” she says.

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While many people are asymptomatic, Silver says there are plenty of undiagnosed diabetes patients whodohave symptoms, but just aren’t aware that diabetes is the cause. “People who have family members with diabetes are more in tune with the symptoms, and so they tend to get diagnosed sooner,” she says.

That’s a big deal because early diagnoses can help prevent the disease from inflicting permanent damage such as kidney or nerve damage. If you’re overweight or obese, or have a family history of diabetes, it’s worth asking your doctor if a test for diabetes is appropriate.

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That’s doubly true if you’re middle-aged or older. The fall in estrogen levels associated with menopause can make it difficult for a woman’s body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, which can increase her risk for diabetes, says Leanne Redman, PhD, an associate professor of endocrinology and women’s health at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC).

Even if you don’t have any of the age, weight, or genetic risk factors for diabetes, there are still warning signs that are worth mentioning to your doctor. Watch for these eight common symptoms of diabetes in women:

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You’ve been getting UTIs more regularly.
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You’re constantly parched.
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“People with diabetes often describe being very thirsty,” Silver says. When your blood sugar levels are high, the amount of sodium in your blood tends to drop. Sodium helps your body hold onto water, so a drop in blood sodium can increase thirst, research shows. Drinking water will resolve the issue temporarily. But if you feel like you’re much thirstier than you used to be (even though you’re drinking the same amount of water) that’s a warning sign.
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You think you need new glasses.
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You’re peeing all the time.
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This one goes hand in hand with feeling dehydrated, Silver says. As elevated blood sugar causes a drop in blood sodium, your body will struggle to stay hydrated even if you’re drinking tons of H20. Rather than retain that water, you end up peeing much of it out, she explains.
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Your thinking is foggy.
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You feel tired all the time.
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Again, this could be attributed solely to your inadequate hydration levels. (Even mild dehydration is associated with a whole range of not-so-fun symptoms.) But big swings in blood sugar among diabetics could also explain this fatigue, according to a 2011 study from the University of Illinois, Chicago. The study also found sleep-related issues like restless-leg syndrome tended to be higher among diabetics, and could explain why folks with diabetes often report feeling wiped out.
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Your appetite is out of control.
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Your cuts take forever to heal.
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“If someone has had long-term high blood sugar, they may have trouble with healing,” Silver says. Diabetes can reduce blood flow in your limbs, which can slow wound healing, according to research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. That research also suggests diabetes-related blood sugar shifts can mess with cell communication and turnover, which can also affect healing.
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Markham Heid Markham Heid is an experienced health reporter and writer, has contributed to outlets like TIME, Men’s Health, and Everyday Health, and has received reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Maryland, Delaware, and D.C.





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