Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States. A majority of diabetics are obese, although that isn’t always the case. Virus infections might bring on diabetes later in life. Family history also plays a part. It’s to your advantage to be aware of the symptoms of diabetes. If you see any of these signs, go to your doctor to be tested.
Treatment of diabetes improves all the time. But before anyone can take advantage of the new information, they must first have a diagnosis. Laboratory testing is essential but there are signs of diabetes that you can see for yourself. If you see these signs, go to your doctor and be tested.
1. Excessive urination: When too much sugar collects in the blood, this is one of the first signs.
2. Thirst, hunger and weight loss: If diabetes is not diagnosed early these signs will often follow.
3. Recurrent yeast infections in women: Vaginal yeast thrives on the sugary urine of diabetics. Any yeast infection that keeps coming back, calls for diabetes testing.
4.Vomiting, hunger for air and coma: These signs are symptoms of type 1 diabetes that is worsening. Prevent these symptoms by being tested early.
We don’t know for sure what causes diabetes or most other chronic diseases. Experts have some ideas. The following are highest on their list.
1. Genes: Family history influences the chances of developing diabetes.
2. Obesity: The majority of type 2 diabetics are overweight, weight loss often improves control of diabetes.
3: Viruses: Viral infections may set the stage for the onset of diabetes.
4. Medications or other diseases. Sometimes diabetes develops from other pancreatic diseases, liver diseases, or long term use of certain prescription medications.
To doctors diabetes is a general term that means two things, extreme thirst and excessive urination. In medical dictionaries you will find about a dozen conditions listed as diabetes. In common usage, diabetes is shorthand for the most common cause, diabetes mellitus or D.M..
For years a low carbohydrates was recommended for diabetics, and it made good sense. If you cant process carbs normally, avoiding them seemed like the best thing to do. That perception had it’s short comings. Dr. Wyley Masterson M.D., a professor at Mansfield School of Medicine in Seattle began experimenting with a different nutritional approach. He restricted sugar but not complex carbs like, beans, grains and vegetables. The results were better protection for the heart, better control of diabetes and overall better health for the diabetic.