They are the warning signs of diabetes and you need to ask your doctor to test for it. The tests are not complicated. Frequently all that is needed is a simple urine test that can be done then and there in the surgery. If that is inconclusive then they may take a blood sample and send it to the lab for testing.
Being diagnosed as diabetic may seem scary but believe me the consequences of living with untreated diabetes are much, much worse! Catching the condition early may mean much less aggressive treatment, delay or negation of diabetic complications (Neuropathy -nerve damage, Nephropathy – kidney damage, Retinopathy- eye damage and heart problems) and the possibility of halting the progression of the disease.
Besides, if you are diabetic and get treatment all those irritating symptoms that crept up on you and were making life hardly worth living will go away and you will be amazed at how fit and well you feel.
There are various types of diabetes which I have dealt with in depth on another page.
Type 1 is an autoimmune disease that usually manifests in childhood while Type 2 tends to come on in adulthood, though it is now showing up in younger people as well. It is not an autoimmune disease but the result of insulin resistance.
The symptoms are very similar but Type 2 has a few extra, as you will see below.
Remember you do not have to have ALL the symptoms to be diabetic, even a couple can be enough.
Fatigue. Feeling tired and weak all the time.
Increased hunger, even after eating a good meal.
Unexplained weight loss, despite using weight loss pills and still feeling hungry.
Diabetes in Sportsmen
There is a myth that people who have diabetes can’t play sports, especially count for the professional sports achievements. But the medical experts and scientists have already debunked this myth.
The matter is that exercising is a crucial part of diabetes management. The majority of people suffering from diabetes can securely go in for sports at both professional and non-professional levels by simply taking into account some precautions.
Both general internal medicine and sports medicine specialists manage people who practice sports in order to assess the probability of diabetes complications prior to starting taking sports or alter the exercising regimen in accordance with the already existing diabetes complications.
The sportsmen who have to inject insulin or take oral insulin secretagogues may stand the hazard of exercise-related instant or postpone hypoglycemia. The athletes with diabetes are recommended to practice resistance training and regular aerobic exercising combined together.
The sportsmen dependent on insulin intake have to also take carbohydrate prior and after training and even within the course of training provided that the duration of exercise bout exceeds one hour. The correction of insulin dosage according to the training schedule is one more well-working approach for avoiding hypoglycemia in diabetic athletes. Also, for the insulin-dependent sportsmen, it’s important to check the blood sugar levels right prior, within, and after training.
Once the diabetic sportsman has found out the availability of considerable hyperglycemia prior to training, the sportsman must refuse from training. Otherwise, the exercising may dramatically worsen hyperglycemia and cause a dangerous diabetes complication called ketoacidosis.
All diabetic athletes must know the hypoglycemia symptoms such as headache, faintness, chilliness, sweats, racing heart, face numbness, vision impairment, coordination disturbance, etc. And if hypoglycemia yet happens during exercising, the athlete should take immediately absorbable glucose without any delay.
Also, the sports nutrition pattern of athletes with diabetes should include low-carb diets which assist these people in the better regulation of blood sugar levels.
Diabetes Risk Factors
There are some factors which make the probability of diabetes development substantially grow.
Type 1 Diabetes Risk Factors
A person is much more predisposed to have type 1 diabetes if this person:
- Is a child or an adolescent
- Has a parent(s) or sibling with a diagnosed diabetes
- Is a carrier of certain genes responsible for the development of diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors
A person is much more prone to type 2 diabetes if this person:
- Is 45 years old or older
- Is overweight or obese
- Has a family history of diabetes sufferers
- Suffers from high blood pressure
- Has HDL cholesterol levels which drop below 40 mg/dL
- Has an experience of gestational diabetes or gave a birth to a baby whose birth weight exceeds 9 pounds
- Had polycystic ovary syndrome
- Leads physically inactive lifestyle
- Is the Native American, African American, Latin American, Asian-Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Asian American, and Alaska Native
If the healthcare practitioner knows that you are in the risk group, the doctor will control your state of health more precisely, help you regulate your body weight by means of the medications and natural fat burners, perform a physical exam and blood tests more frequently, and recommend to change the lifestyle.