6 symptoms to identify diabetes mellitus

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Curious fact: The first record of diabetes was made by the Egyptians in manuscripts from 1500 BC.

Diabetes is a disease characterized by high levels of glucose in the patient’s blood, accompanied by insufficient or no production of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, organ in charge of using glucose as energy. This disease can lead to health complications such as heart, dental, or kidney diseases; strokes; eye problems, etc. Because of this, November marks Diabetes Awareness Month, which affects 11.3% of the population of the United States.

Types of diabetes

It is essential to know that there are 3 main types of diabetes, which are:

  1. Type 1 diabetes: This type occurs due to the lack of insulin production, as the immune system attacks the cells of the pancreas that are responsible for its production. For people with this type of diabetes, insulin is truly vital, and they need to use it daily.
  2. Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common type, is characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin properly and is caused by the patient’s lifestyle and genetics.
  3. Gestational diabetes: This type affects women during pregnancy. It occurs due to hormonal changes, genetics, and lifestyle, and disappears after the baby is born. However, having had gestational diabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later on.
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Symptoms

Symptoms of diabetes may appear differently depending on the type: for example, those with type 1 diabetes may notice a sudden appearance of symptoms, while those with type 2 diabetes will notice them slowly or will have no symptoms and will know they have diabetes until other health conditions develop due to it. Symptoms you should pay attention to include:

  • Increased appetite and thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Eagerness to urinate frequently
  • Blurry vision
  • Numbness of the hands or feet
  • Sudden weight loss

If you have any of these symptoms, visit your family doctor, who will be able to diagnose you, so you can start treatment as soon as possible and prevent diabetes from having more serious consequences.  Likewise, as we mentioned earlier, sometimes diabetes may not show symptoms, so it is essential that you have annual checkups to make sure everything is in order.

Treatment

Treatment for diabetes is relatively simple: first, the patient must do his or her part to stabilize blood glucose levels, through a balanced diet and regularly exercising.

Likewise, part of the treatment is medication, which will be used to minimize the chances of suffering any complications because of this disease. The medicine to be given will depend on the characteristics of the patient.

Finally, in cases of type 1 diabetes, because in cases of type 2 insulin will not always be useful, something that will be helpful will be insulin, which is given with injections according to the amount of glucose in the blood.

Prevention

Unfortunately, because diabetes 1 is primarily caused by environmental and genetic factors, it cannot be prevented. However, type 2 diabetes can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle. The experts recommend that you:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight: It’s important to always be within your idea weight range stay that way.
  2. Eat a balanced diet: It is recommended to consume an appropriate number of calories each day, including each food group.
  3. Exercise regularly: Many doctors recommend 30 minutes of exercise for at least five days a week, which will help prevent type 2 diabetes and many other diseases.
  4. Don’t smoke: Cigarette smoking may cause increased insulin resistance, so it’s important to stop smoking if you already do.
  5. Regular visits to your doctor: Even if you don’t have any discomfort, a visit with your doctor may help you identify a case of type 2 diabetes.

Living a healthy life will help you do your part in preventing this disease, while improving your quality of life and protecting you from other health problems.

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Real story

Molly lives in Atlanta with her mom, dad, and brother. She was diagnosed, like her grandmother, with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2, when a teacher noticed that Molly was thirsty all the time. After being diagnosed, Molly’s family had to change their habits and take actions that could mean the difference between life and death: for example, she couldn’t eat what her brother did, they had to start counting the calories Molly consumed, started taking insulin injections and taking blood glucose measurements at least four times a day. Thanks to a variety of resources and the support of specialists, Molly and her family learned to live with the disease and to do their part to improve the health of their daughter or sister respectively. Today, Molly’s parents report that she has learned to handle her disease in a very conscious way and even dreams of finding a cure for diabetes, as she would like to help others in her situation.

Listen to her testimony here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t6-2CVwDCU&ab_channel=Children%27sHealthcareofAtlanta

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Conclusion 

Diabetes is a very serious disease that, if left untreated, could result in extremely serious or even fatal health complications. This does not mean that a diagnosis of diabetes must be fatal, as it has been shown that diabetes does not have to be an obstacle if you want to live a full and happy life. To celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month, we invite you to take care of your health, and what better way to do that than to prevent diseases with good habits. Likewise, we invite you to have an annual check-up to rule out diseases or treat them in a timely manner if you have any.

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