Could you have diabetes ? 5 hidden symptoms of diabetes

Dr Paula Goel , Fayth Clinic


Did you think the only sign of being diabetic is overweight? Think again…

Around 77 million people in the India have diabetes ( 2nd largest population having diabetes in the world ) , and 90% of the diabetics are not even aware of their condition . And while diabetes is a lifelong condition & can be successfully managed once it’s diagnosed.  Delaying that diagnosis puts people at risk of serious complications, including amputation and blindness.

The  key concern for Type 2 diabetes is weight  gain ,which accounts for around 90% of the cases. Type 2 occurs when the body can no longer make enough insulin (a hormone produced by the pancreas which enables us to use sugar/glucose), or the insulin being produced isn’t doing its job properly.

Type 1, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing to do with weight or lifestyle and tends to develop during childhood when a fault in the body causes insulin-producing cells to be destroyed.

Woman doing blood sugar test

The symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 are very similar, however in Type 1  diabetics , they occur  quickly as compared to type 2 and can land you in the hospital very rapidly , if not diagnosed in time  Type 2 is a bit different as many people put the symptoms of Type 2 with advancing age .The condition can sometimes go undiagnosed for up to 10 years, by which time complications could have started to develop.

Aside from weight , increased thirst , what are some of the other symptoms

  1. Blurred vision


If you are struggling to see the finer details or have floaters in your vision field , then it could be due to diabetes . Blood sugar disruptions may cause the eye’s lens to become dry or swollen.One or both eyes may be affected. Always get eye symptoms checked out. If its not diabetes , could be due to some other cause.

  1. Itching near genitals

Yeast infection or fungal infection and cause itching and if this occurs repeatedly , even after treatment, its worthwhile to check out for diabetes  .This is because the associated high glucose levels in blood or urine provide the perfect breeding ground for troublesome yeast.

  1. Slow healing wounds

If minor cuts, burns and grazes suddenly seem to take ages to heal, it could be a sign that something’s wrong, like a nutritional deficiency – or potentially diabetes.If not managed carefully, diabetes can lead to nerve damage and poor circulation, resulting in slower healing.

  1. Nausea and vomiting



Nausea & vomiting can occur for many reasons, however, if it occurs with  increasing frequency  without any apparent cause , could be a sign of Type 1 or 2 diabetes.  Blood sugar fluctuations can disrupt the metabolism or cause dizziness (another possible symptom!), which sometimes makes people feel sick.

  1. Dizziness


As mentioned above, dizziness can be a sign of diabetes, due to both low blood sugar or dehydration (brought on because diabetes can make people urinate far more than usual). If dizziness continues for more than a day or two, or the dizzy spells are lasting a long time, get checked as there could be a number of causes that need investigating. A person with diabetes can develop hypoglycemia from a decrease of food intake, or from taking too much medication (insulin or oral tablets), which results in low blood sugar levels. In this situation the person experiences dizziness or lightheadedness because the brain lacks glucose to function properly.Because diabetes is such a diverse disease with many complications, it can cause dizziness in many ways.

Yes , it is essential to check out if you have diabetes and get treated at the right time . Correct diagnosis t the right time would go a long way to prevent multiple complications .

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