Almost one third of people with diabetes do not know they have it. The symptoms seem so harmless, like symptoms of just getting older. This article goes into the different types of diabetes and some of the common symptoms of each to help you understand diabetes a little better.
People with Diabetes (Type 1):
This type of diabetes has also been called insulin-dependent and immune-mediated diabetes. It occurs when your body can’t produce insulin. The immune system attacks insulin producing cells in the pancreas. This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes increases the risk of other serious complications such as heart disease, nerve damage, blindness, and kidney damage.
Some of the symptoms include increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss even with increased appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, and absence of menstruation
People with Diabetes (Type 2):
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type that fails to be diagnosed. It progresses slowly and causes symptoms such as skin infections, poor healing, kidney problems, and vision problems.
The problem is usually that people with diabetes may have no severe symptoms and do not seek medical care at all. They just think of the symptoms as simply getting older. For this reason it is important to get regularly tested for diabetes. If you are over 40 this is particularly important. Unfortunately some doctors may treat other diseases, without realizing they need to test for diabetes.
Peoplw with Diabetes (Gestational):
Gestational diabetes can occur during pregnancy. Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but get high blood sugar levels during pregnancy are said to have diabetes. It affects about four percent of all women during their pregnancy.
Symptoms include Increased thirst, Increased urination, weight loss in spite of increased appetite, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. As well there are often frequent infections including those of the bladder, vagina and skin and even blurred vision.
Gestational diabetes can be missed during a pregnancy. It usually starts with mild symptoms that often can be attributed to other problems. It is important to get tested during pregnancy because the high blood sugars from gestational diabetes can do harm to the baby and sometimes lead to other complications.
Even if you are not pregnant, you should make it a priority to get tested for diabetes. Many women who have gestational diabetes think their symptoms as usual during pregnancy. You never know, maybe it is, but it’s always a good idea to get tested.
If you are having any of the symptoms for diabetes, it is important to see your doctor. Even if you think it is absolutely nothing. It is better to be safe than sorry.