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What Are Diabetes Symptoms?

Do you or someone you know have any of the following symptoms?

-Increased Urine Output
-Increased Thirst/Water Consumption
-Weight Loss Despite Increased Appetite
-Nausea and Vomiting

Are you prone to developing infections of the bladder, skin, or vaginal areas?

Do you have blurred vision?

Diagnosis of Diabetes:

Fasting Blood Glucose (Sugar) Testing is the main way to get a diagnosis. It is easy and convenient. You fast for at least 8 hours overnight. The doctor will make an order for a single sample of blood to be drawn and sent to the lab for analysis. Some doctors will preform this in the office with a glucose meter.

What is considered a normal fasting plasma glucose level?
Less than 100 mg per deciliter. A fasting plasma glucose higher than 126 mg per deciliter on two or more tests on different days will indicate diabetes. A blood glucose level of 200 mg per deciliter or higher indicates diabetes.

My daughter was showing signs of Diabetes. She sought medical attention and was Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at age 21. That really hit her hard and she went on a roller coaster ride emotionally! The medication made her have diarrhea and she would skip doses to avoid it.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

In type 2 diabetes you can still produce insulin, but do so relatively inadequately for your body’s needs. Most cases are a direct result of poor eating habits, higher body weight, and lack of exercise. There is also strong genetic connection to developing Type 2 Diabetes. It is estimated that the chance to develop diabetes doubles for every 20% increase over desirable body weight.

As time went on and my daughter refused to accept this situation, she then developed Type 1 Diabetes. Now she was truly facing a much worse issue than ever and would have to begin taking shots.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

It is an Autoimmune Disease which means the immune system mistakenly manufactures antibodies that attack and damage a patient’s own body tissues. People with Type 1 Diabetes have an issue with the beta cells of the pancreas, which are responsible for insulin production, are attacked by the misdirected immune system. A Type 1 Diabetes patient must rely on insulin medication for survival.

My daughter is currently doing well with her shots. With proper diet and exercise, she has been able to decrease the insulin intake. There is no guarantee she will ever be free of injections or medication. However, she is fighting this disease. She has lost a lot of weight and struggles every day with nerve damage.

What impact can diabetes have on your body?

Over time Diabetes can lead to:

-Kidney Failure
-Nerve Damage
-Hardening and Narrowing of the Arteries leading to Strokes, Coronary Heart Disease, and other large blood vessel diseases.

As you can see, it is important that you get checked. Stay on top of your health and if you are diagnosed with Diabetes, follow your Doctor’s orders to the letter! If you want to avoid or control Diabetes, consult with a Registered Dietician. Learn to eat healthy to stay healthy! Don’t forget the importance of exercise!