Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that requires lifelong management.
Early detection allows for treatment to begin as soon as possible, minimizing
the risks of serious complications. For people with type 1 diabetes, the
symptoms are often very noticeable, and diagnosis is sometimes made after they seek
emergency care. Some people with type 2 diabetes, however, have symptoms that are so
mild that they only find out about their condition through a routine blood
test during a physical. Being alert to these symptoms and seeking medical
care if they occur can help you catch diabetes in its early stages and
reduce the risk of both short- and long-term complications.
When you have
diabetes, your body can’t effectively process sugar in your blood stream,
so it tries to flush it out through the kidneys. As your blood sugar levels
rise, so does your need to urinate as your body works to remove sugar
and toxins. Frequent urination also causes another common early symptom
of diabetes – extreme thirst. The body becomes dehydrated from urinating
so frequently, causing intense thirst that is difficult to quench until
blood sugar levels return to normal.
Because your body can’t effectively digest much of the food you’re
eating when you have uncontrolled diabetes, nutrients don’t nourish
your cells, and as a result, you feel very hungry. For people with type
1 diabetes in particular, weight loss may occur alongside a marked increase
Slow Healing Wounds
High blood sugar levels impact your circulation, slowing down the rush
of healing nutrients to injuries. The excess sugar in your blood also
feeds any infection that is present. These factors cause slow wound healing
in people with diabetes.
Blurry vision, tingling in hands feet, and frequent yeast infections in
women can all also indicate diabetes, so see a provider at Regional Medical
Center of San Jose if they are happening to you. We provide emergency
care in San Jose for diabetes complications and ongoing care management
through our specialists. Call our hospital today at (888) 762-8881 for
a physician referral or more information about services, including stroke care and