Diabetes symptoms and management
All too often we get sick but
ignore the symptoms we may be feeling, shrugging them off to a cold,
stress from work, or just not feeling well.
There are certain symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored if they
develop. These symptoms could lead to blindness, amputation of limbs,
coma or even death.
Symptoms of type 1 diabetes often come on suddenly and are severely
dramatic. The extra stress of diabetes can lead to something called
Symptoms of ketoacidosis may include nausea and vomiting, which may
also lead to dehydration and serious problems with the blood levels of
potassium. This could lead to a diabetic coma and ultimately death.
Other symptoms of diabetes may include extreme fatigue. We all get
tired at times, but diabetes triggers a more severe fatigue than normal.
People with diabetes also experience unexplained weight loss. This is
because they are unable to process many of the calories they consume.
Losing sugar and water in the
urine also contributes to the weight loss.
Extreme thirst is another symptom of diabetes. Diabetes develops high
blood sugar levels and the body tries to compensate by diluting the
blood, which translates to our
brain that we are thirsty.
With this is also excessive urination. It is another way our bodies
have of getting rid of the extra sugar in our system. But this can also
lead to dehydration.
One of the hardest symptoms to deal with is poor wound healing. Wounds
heal slowly, if at all when the carrier has diabetes. This along with
infections that are not easily remedied can attribute to ulcers and
loss of limbs.
Proper management can give you many years of healthy living.
Diabetes management starts with a visit to your doctor. first, finding
out you have diabetes, what type you have then arming yourself with as
much information as possible about the diabetes you are diagnosed with.
All management begins with controlling the glucose cycle.
The glucose cycle is affected by two factors, entry of glucose into the
bloodstream and blood levels of insulin to control the transport out.
Your glucose levels are very sensitive to both diet and exercise, so
change in either should first be discussed with your physician. Proper
management of diabetes can be
very intrusive to the patient.
Proper management requires a complete lifestyle change and frequent, sometimes multi-daily checks of glucose in the blood.
It can change as people grow and develop and no two cases are ever
really the same. Today it is easier to measure the blood sugar level.
Glucose meters are readily available and are quite easy to use with a little practice and patience.
With a small drop of blood to the testing strip attached to the glucose
meter, the user is given the number, which represents their blood sugar
level. This in turn will let
the user know if and when insulin is needed.
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