Some common symptoms of diabetes are increased appetite, intense thirst and frequent urination. false images
At this time, you or one of your close friends or family members may have diabetes and simply do not know it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that more than 30 million Americans now have diabetes, and more than 7 million of them have not received an adequate diagnosis.
And undiagnosed diabetes will finally reach you.
The sooner you receive a diagnosis, the more likely you are to prevent complications that may arise as a result of prolonged high blood sugar levels.
These complications include retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy.
While the CDC report does not differentiate between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, most undiagnosed cases are probably in the category 2 category for two reasons.
The first is that 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases are type 2, according to the CDC report.
The second is that type 1 diabetes is the autoimmune form of the condition that develops rapidly over the course of a few weeks, not years. The signs and symptoms appear quickly.
Ignoring those symptoms for months or even a few weeks can result in coma or even death.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes can evolve gradually over several years, which means they are easy to miss.
“Even doctors who develop diabetes sometimes do not recognize the symptoms,” explained Gretchen Becker, author of “The first year: type 2 diabetes.”
Before his own diagnosis, more than 20 years ago, Becker says he also easily dismissed the warning signs.
“I thought he was urinating all the time because he was drinking a lot of coffee,” he told Healthline. “And I thought he was very thirsty because he urinated a lot.”
These are the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes as reported by the American Diabetes Association.
A person with undiagnosed diabetes usually shows several of these symptoms at the same time.
However, if you are worried, ask your doctor to test your blood sugar, HbA1c and urine for ketones.
Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can have these symptoms:
Sour or malodorous breathing and rapid weight loss are common with type 1 diabetes.
Other common symptoms with diabetes are:
Cuts, bruises or blisters of slow healing.
tingling in the hands, legs or toes
noticeably sleepy after meals
Signs of diabetes can easily be confused with persistent flu, especially in children with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes, so it is crucial to ask your doctor to check your blood and urine sugar levels if you notice any combination of symptoms mentioned above. .
For those with potentially undiagnosed type 2 diabetes, getting tested is easy.
According to the CDC report, if your ethnicity is from Alaska, Native American, African-American or Hispanic, you have a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
In addition, men constitute a little more than half of the diabetic population.
In addition, more than half of those newly diagnosed are between 45 and 64 years old, but can develop type 1 or type 2 diabetes at almost any age.
Although it was thought that type 1 developed in childhood and that type 2 was thought to develop in later life, both types of the disease can develop in people of all ages.
The location of the largest populations of type 2 diabetes cases is also clear.
The region of the USA UU From southern Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama and Georgia, as well as Puerto Rico top the list.
“Diabetes is not a death sentence,” Becker said. “Well-controlled diabetes often means you’re healthier than the average American because you eat less sweet junk and more real food.”
However, it warns that uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes is a guarantee for serious health problems.
You can only ignore type 2 diabetes for a long time before the damage of high blood glucose levels to your body begins to accumulate.
“The diagnosis is a big shock, and you need to get used to it,” Becker said. “When I was diagnosed, my blood pressure went up only because of the emotional stress I was experiencing.”
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