Symptoms of adult Diabetes – know the signs

The symptoms of adult diabetes mellitus appear much later on in life. It tends to, for most of the population, occur in people aged forty and over in non-Caucasian people and may occur much earlier in other ethnic groups.

Diabetes itself affects many millions of people but most ignore the onset of adult diabetes symptoms – mainly to their detriment. The symptoms, in most cases, are easy to misdiagnose or overlooked especially if you do not know what to look out for.

Adult diabetes symptoms are consistent with high levels of blood glucose. High blood glucose levels are brought about by the body not producing enough insulin to fulfil its requirements. It may also be as a result of the cells of the body not responding to the insulin produced; this condition is known as insulin resistance – the body is producing adequate insulin but it is not been used. In some cases the insulin produced becomes abnormal and therefore unusable by the body.

Even though the symptoms are sometimes mild their effect if remain untreated for a long time can be devastating. Some of the most common early warning signs of adult diabetes mellitus are identified below. The first more noticeable signs are identified below:

  • Increased or Extreme thirst – this is normally extreme and not explainable by other medical condition or physical activity.
  • Frequent urination – the need to go to the bathroom more than normal and urinate in larger than normal volumes. This could be an irritant as you may have to get up three or more times at night to use the bathroom.
  • Extreme Tiredness or Fatigue – this sign of diabetes presents itself because the muscles are tired from not getting enough glucose for strength and vitality.
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss – may be experienced as the body tries to get adequate energy by breaking down muscle tissues.

Other more severe signs or symptoms of adult diabetes will appear if sugar level it not brought down to normal levels. When diabetes has progressed further these other symptoms listed below may appear:

  • Slow to heal wounds - Slow healing of minor scratches and poor blood supply make them turn into major wounds.
  • Blurry vision - if sugar level is not brought down may lead to blindness.
  • Tingling or Numbness in the hands and feet - due to nerve damage cause by diabetes mellitus
  • Frequent or Recurrent yeast infections – in women
  • Sexual dysfunction in men – in response to poor circulation
  • Dry skin - brought about by poor blood circulation therefore less oxygenated blood travel to the skin and other extremities of the body.

If you notice any of these symptoms of diabetes in yourself or love one on a consistent basis it may be necessary to visit you doctor where it will be confirmed if it is diabetes or not. Early diagnosis will prevent or delay the severe complications of diabetes mellitus.


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