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13 Symptoms of diabetes you can check yourself.
Could you be diabetic? Here are 13 signs and symptoms for self-diagnosis.
A number of reputable websites list a range of signs to look out for when identifying diabetes.
While they agree on the majority of them some of these experts add their own particular insights to the list. But let’s not take any chances – if you believe you may be experiencing any of this symptom, particularly in combination, take it seriously.
– You frequently need to use the toilet
You’ve got too much sugar in your bloodstream that your body will flush out via your urine.
– Your mouth is constantly dry
You just can’t drink enough to quench the thirst because of the high level of sugar in your bloodstream.
– You’re always hungry
Even after you’ve just taken advantage of the two-for-one special at the local burger place you still think you could put away another one and this comes from the highs and lows of your blood sugar.
– You’re losing weight unnaturally
Yes, it’s too good to be true. If you’re always hungry and you’re still losing weight, your body is breaking down protein and muscle to fuel itself because it thinks it’s starving.
– You are constantly tired
The food you’re eating isn’t fuelling your body properly and that’s why you have this ongoing fatigue.
– Your vision is all blurry
From the high levels of sugar in your blood.
– You’re moody
You’re grumpy because your blood sugar is out of whack. You could even mistake this for depression.
– You can’t concentrate
Because your blood sugar has been too high for too long.
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– Your body doesn’t repair itself too quickly
Slow-healing wounds are due to the high levels of sugar impairing the natural healing process.
– You’ve got tingling or numbness in your hands or feet
Which is caused by nerve damage due to too much sugar in your blood.
– You get frequent infections
Urinary and yeast infections are especially common because such bacteria thrive in ‘sugar-rich environments’.
– You’re getting headaches
Because your blood vessels in the brain start to spasm because they aren’t getting enough sugar.
– You are vomiting and have stomach pain
Often mistaken for the flu, but due to rises and falls in your blood sugar.
These symptoms, especially in combination, seem like a dead giveaway – so what’s the catch here? The fact is that a large number of people with diabetes don’t realise they have it. The signs can be so subtle that people carry on with life without realising what is actually happening to their body.
Estimates from various sources put the number of oblivious diabetics out there around 25% of the number of actual diabetics.
So you’re thinking you’ve got some of these symptoms – what’s next? Book an appointment with your doctor for a simple blood test.
We all have questions.
Below are some of the answers to the most common questions that you need to know.
Which is worse – Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?
“Worse” is a harsh comparison. The difference between these two types of Diabetes is that Type 1 requires insulin, and it never goes away. Type 2 requires consistent effort and can be managed over your lifetime.
What is the normal HbA1C level?
It is generally accepted that you should maintain HbA1C below 8%. The following guidelines are suggested by the South African Diabetes Association:
- 4 – 6% Non-diabetic range.
- < 7% Well-controlled diabetic 7% – 8% Acceptable diabetic control > 8%
- Poor diabetic control needs attention.
What is the main cause of Diabetes?
Diabetes (Type 1) is usually a predisposed or genetically inherited condition. Diabetes (Type 2) is caused by lifestyle choices. Gestational Diabetes can be caused by either genetics or lifestyle choices.
What are the first signs of diabetes?
- Excessive thirst over a prolonged period.
- Increased frequency in the need to urinate.
- Significant weight loss or gain.
- You find yourself fatigued, tired, and irritable, on a regular basis.
- Open or ruptured wounds take a long time to heal.
- Blurred vision.
- Tingling sensations in your hands and feet.
Can you get life insurance if you have Diabetes?
Yes. AllLife can help you get up to R10million life insurance, as either a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic.
Can I test myself for Diabetes?
Although you can easily test your own blood glucose levels at any time, only your doctor, nurse, or clinic team can confirm a Diabetes diagnosis. This is because a series of specific tests are required for diagnosis.
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What will I be covered for?
With just one phone call, you could be offered comprehensive Diabetic Life Cover and Diabetic Disability Cover (optional). A simple underwriting process is completed once you’ve signed up, usually consisting of common blood tests, to determine if full cover can be continued.
What happens after I‘m covered?
After you’re covered you can enjoy the benefit of our Health Control Programme where we remind and assist you when it comes to regular tests and checkups, ensuring that you live a healthy and happy life.
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