Diabetes can be a very confusing condition and because it currently does not have a cure, this is a condition you will have to live with for the duration of your life. With this being said, there is nothing more important than learning the facts about all types of diabetes so you can live a happy and healthy life even with diabetes! With millions of people constantly being diagnosed with diabetes throughout the USA today, it is clear this condition is not going away but instead becoming more common. The goal of this article is to help answer all the most commonly asked questions about diabetes so you can be confident in the lifestyle choices you make once you are diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
Listed are FAQs for diabetes symptoms for Men & Women:
Q: What are some of the symptoms of pre-Diabetes?
A: Many people are not even aware there is such a thing as “pre-diabetes” but this stage of diabetes is possibly one of the most important. During the pre-diabetes stage you have the capacity to eliminate the risk of type 2 diabetes in your future by drastically and immediately changing your lifestyle. With this being said, allow us to outline the most commonly recognized symptoms of pre-diabetes:
Frequent urination (to the extreme where you are up several times a night)
- Unquenchable thirst
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Extreme fatigue
Q: What are the symptoms of Diabetes & how do they test for it?
A: This is an excellent and very common question that we will immediately dive into for you. Let’s immediately start with the symptoms of diabetes. The most common form of diabetes today is Type 2 diabetes and these symptoms are quite close to the pre-diabetes symptoms listed in the previous question.
Unexplained weight gain
- Extreme thirst
- Extreme fatigue
- Excessive urination
- Increased hunger that cannot be satisfied
If you possess any of these symptoms currently, your physician will likely choose to test your blood glucose levels. This is a simple test that discovers if the insulin and glucose levels within your blood are too high; high enough to develop Type 2 Diabetes. There is also a fasting test that you may be put through as well to make sure your levels are accurate.
Q: How many Diabetes symptoms should be noted before a test is taken?
A: Any one of these diabetic symptoms alone could easily be attributed to a number of different health conditions. With this being said, at least two of these symptoms must present themselves in your lifestyle before your physician will consider testing you for diabetes.
Q: Why would someone with Diabetes symptoms have unusual weight loss?
A: When involuntary weight loss occurs as a symptom of diabetes, it generally means at this stage your diabetes is already at an advanced stage. It can be hard to believe that uncontrolled and unexpected weight loss can begin when your appetite and thirst actually increases. The reason this happens with diabetes is because your body quickly eliminates the calories you are taking in because they leak into your bloodstream. This is due to the basic condition that your body is not utilizing the insulin it is creating and therefore the glucose your body takes in as energy is immediately dispersed through the bloodstream. This in turn increases your hunger and encourages rapid weight loss.
Q: What are some embarrassing symptoms of Diabetes?
A: There are actually very few embarrassing symptoms related to diabetes. There are although a few symptoms that can definitely become a nuisance and perhaps and embarrassment and these include only excessive urination as well as unexpected weight gain. Aside from this, the rest of diabetic symptoms can be kept quiet and private.
Q: What are the specific symptoms of type 1 Diabetes?
A: What’s different between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is that it takes years to develop type 2 diabetes where on the other hand, type 1 diabetes symptoms can come up quickly and out of nowhere. The symptoms you want to watch for include:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
As you can see, some of these symptoms can be attributed to type 2 diabetes as well, the key to determining if it is type 1 really comes down to the age of the patient. Children and young adults are most commonly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes this is why it is often referred to as juvenile diabetes also.
Q: What are the first symptoms of Diabetes 2?
A: Because there are so many symptoms that can be attributed to type 2 diabetes it can be hard to know which signs can be connected to the onset of this long term health condition. The symptoms that present them first for the average person include increased thirst, increased hunger (even after you have just eaten) and dizziness on a consistent if not constant basis. These three symptoms present themselves first and as your condition progresses more of the serious symptoms will become present.
Q: How many people have type 1 Diabetes?
A: Type 1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes currently affects more than 3 million people in the USA today. Every single year 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which equals about 80 people per day.
Q: What is the treatment for Gestational Diabetes?
A: Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that affects only pregnant women. The key to controlling and treating this temporary condition is to make healthy lifestyle choices. For the majority of women, all it takes is choosing the right foods and including exercise in their daily routine in order to keep their blood glucose levels in check. For the more severe cases, insulin treatment may be necessary in order to keep the blood glucose levels in check. You can make an accurate decision with the help of your physician to make sure you and your baby are healthy during your pregnancy.
Q: What are the risk factors for type 2 Diabetes?
A: Although researchers are not fully aware of why some people develop type 2 diabetes why other do not, they are aware of some common risk factors it is important to be aware of.
- Where the majority of your fat cells are stored (abdomen)
- Lack of exercise/inactivity
- Family history
- if you’ve had gestational diabetes
Q: Can type 2 Diabetes be cured?
A: To date, type 2 diabetes cannot be cured but there is a stage during the progression of this condition which allows you to reverse it. Pre-diabetes is a specific stage when your diabetes has not quite developed but the symptoms are there and your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not extreme. It is at this stage where a complete change of lifestyle can reverse the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Q: How to reverse Diabetes?
A: The only way type 2 diabetes can be reversed is if you identify the symptoms during the pre-diabetes stage. It is at this stage of the disease where your blood sugar levels are high but not excessive yet. Here, with the assistance of your physician, you can make the appropriate lifestyle changes to turn your health situation around. These changes include:
- adding 30minutes of exercise to your lifestyle at least 3 times per week
- making healthy food choices and eliminating processed and high in fat foods
- if you are currently overweight, a weight loss plan should be put in place to turn those excess fat cells into lean muscle
- consider checking your blood glucose levels to confirm you are on track