John Brown said symptoms are the human body’s mother tongue. When things deviate from normal, signs and symptoms are the way our body communicates the message that something is not right. Properly monitored and quickly detected symptoms can save a lot of time and complications as far as patients suffering from diseases like diabetes are concerned. Management is a crucial aspect when it comes to improving the quality of life of a diabetic patient. Early check and detection of diabetic symptoms can benefit a diabetic patient in the longer run enormously. It is these symptoms that we talk about in this discussion.
Diabetes: An Overview
A chronic condition that impairs the body’s ability to convert food into energy greatly, diabetes is a condition that can lead to other several health issues as well. These health issues are primarily of cardiovascular and renal nature. But what is more important is understanding the basics of diabetes! Folks, our endocrinal system releases a hormone called insulin, the job of this hormone is to make sure that the blood glucose is used by body cells as the primary energy source. In diabetes, it is insulin production that is affected. The result? Too much blood sugar, something which can lead to the aforementioned health issues.
Types of Diabetes
Before we turn our attention to the symptoms of diabetes, it is important to recall the different types of diabetes. Let us quiz you: do you know what is pre-diabetes? Well, it is a condition in which blood sugars are high but not high enough to be deemed characteristic of diabetes. Coming towards major types of diabetes, in type 1 diabetes, a diabetic patient’s body is either not making insulin or makes very little insulin. This type of diabetes is called insulin-dependent diabetes as well. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is dubbed as non-insulin-dependent diabetes because of insulin resistance, a phenomenon in which body cells don’t respond to insulin at all. Another key type of diabetes is gestational diabetes, which is diabetes during pregnancy.
Symptoms of Diabetes
We now turn our focus towards the point around which this discussion has been orchestrated. Symptoms of diabetes. We will talk about type-specific symptoms in a minute, for now, we are going to talk about general symptoms of the condition only. The most frequent symptoms associated with diabetes include urination, thirstiness, an alarming loss of weight, and a feeling of fatigue all the time. However, it is pertinent to mention here that these are not the only symptoms linked with diabetes. Some symptoms are quite subjective that vary from patient to patient. For example, those who are severely immuno-compromised are more to infections than others. Other symptoms of diabetes include dry skin, blurry vision, and tingling feeling in the hands and feet.
Type 1 of Diabetes Symptoms
In addition to the symptoms discussed in the previous section, type 1 diabetes patients might suffer from nausea, vomiting, and stomach aches. A question that might be swirling in minds of many of our readers already: how much time can the symptoms take to develop? In type 1 diabetes cases, it is a matter of weeks to a month. Ignoring the percentages, a person from any age group can fall prey to type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 of Diabetes Symptoms
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are harder to spot than other types of diabetes, primarily because here, we are dealing with insulin resistance. And detecting that is a real tough job alright! This difficulty in spotting symptoms can be compensated by eliminating all the risk factors for type 2 diabetes, one by one.
Gestational Diabetes Symptoms
There are none. However, for detecting gestational diabetes, doctors can conduct tests between 24-28th weeks of pregnancy. In case your worst fears are confirmed as a pregnant mother, you might have to take a few tough decisions post detection of gestational diabetes.
Help Diabetics Worldwide!
Plenty of ways in which you can become a voice for diabetics! You could listen to a podcast, attend a seminar, or even be a little creative and sketch something inspirational for all diabetics around the world. But let us tell you what would be the best way of helping a diabetic patient! Chip in a bit for the cause of helping those diabetic patients who belong to the underprivileged section of the society, for example, patients from countries like Pakistan. There are plenty of ways in which you can donate but donating through a charity that you trust makes sense, in our point of view. One such foundation that has sworn to help the diabetics in Pakistan is Transparent Hands.
Let us familiarize you a bit with this organization’s doings in the concluding remarks of this discussion. When it comes to crowdfunding for health, there is no platform bigger than Transparent Hands in Pakistan. The range of healthcare services offered by Transparent Hands is astoundingly vast. From medical and surgical treatments to medical camps and telehealth facilities, the trust organization makes sure that the underprivileged Pakistanis have access to quality healthcare services. The trust organization believes in creating a patient-donor bond while making sure that the protocols of transparency aren’t breached at any point. The trust organization realizes the need for free medical camps in the rural areas, hence it actively sets up such camps as well. To donate, donors can log in to the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal from anywhere in the world. Payment modes are one hundred percent secure. Every donor has absolute freedom in selecting and funding patients of their choice. The trust organization makes sure that regular updates until complete recovery are sent to the concerned donor.
Conclusion – What Are Diabetes Symptoms?
That would be all from this discussion. The sooner a diabetic patient figures out things about diabetes, the better it is in the longer run. Symptoms can give a major clue in this regard, every type of diabetes has some unique symptoms which can give a clue about the type as well. We hope that you learned something new about diabetes symptoms from this discussion. On that optimistic note, we bid you farewell from this space!