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These eight signs allow you to detect diabetes so you can treat it early

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Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar levels are high. It occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body does not use this hormone effectively.

According to the definition made by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), diabetes is a chronic disease that has several types and, therefore, different symptoms and treatments. This was published by the Semana portal.

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Symptoms vary depending on how high your blood glucose level rises. But they are not always obvious, they are usually subtle and can appear little by little, which is why there are people who suffer from it, but do not know it. So they could have it for years before they are diagnosed.

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Some symptoms are essential to detect diabetes at an early stage, thus avoiding invasive treatments and making the severity decrease significantly.

Diabetes is a serious condition, so all of these signs need to be taken seriously. Photo: Shutterstock

Signs to detect diabetes early

1. Sores that are slow to heal

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The Mayo Clinic notes that high blood glucose levels can cause poor blood flow, which impairs the body’s natural healing process. People may notice slow-healing ulcers, especially on the feet.

2. Weight loss for no apparent reason

When glucose is lost through urine, calories are also lost. In turn, this condition prevents glucose from food from reaching the cells. The combined effect can cause a rapid decrease in body weight.

3. Frequent urination

It is also known as polyuria. Diabetes causes excess glucose to build up in the blood. The kidneys must work overtime to filter and absorb that glucose.

4. Increased thirst

The glucose that is excreted in the urine, drags the liquids from the tissues, which causes dehydration. This will usually make you thirstier.

A high level of glucose in the blood impairs the body’s ability to use it to meet its energy needs. Photo: Pexels

5. Fatigue

It is a very common symptom. A high level of glucose in the blood impairs the body’s ability to use it to meet its energy needs. Dehydration from increased urination can also make you feel tired.

6. Blurred vision

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause swelling of the tissues and damage to the blood vessels in your eyes, including diabetic retinopathy, macular edema (often associated with diabetic retinopathy), cataracts, and glaucoma.

7. Extreme hunger

Also called polyphagia, this is a sign that cells are not absorbing energy from food despite having plenty of reserves.

8. Frequent infections

Infections may occur, for example vaginal, gum or skin infections.

Diabetes is a serious condition, so all of these signs need to be taken seriously.

If you notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor. Keep in mind that the faster a diagnosis is made, the treatment can also be carried out sooner, so you can keep it under control and have a better quality of life.

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