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Diabetes Management

EARLY SIGNS OF DIABETES

 

The warning signs of type 2 diabetes can be so mild that you don’t notice them. That’s true of most people who get the disease, and it may take years for problems caused by long-term damage to show up.

You may have to pee more often, and you may get thirsty for no reason. This is because your kidneys can’t reabsorb all the glucose in your body when diabetes pushes up your blood sugar. More water in your body also means more blood flow through your kidneys. Your kidneys will have to work harder to filter out the extra fluid. This causes the body to make more urine, and that takes fluids. The result: You’ll have to go more often. You might pee out more, too. Because you’re peeing so much, you can get very thirsty.

Blurred vision. Changing fluid levels in your body could make the lenses in your eyes swell up. They change shape and can’t focus.

 

 

“Trying to manage diabetes is hard because if you don’t, there are consequences you’ll have to deal with later in life.”

Your risk of type 2 diabetes increases if you:

  • are overweight
  • were born during a certain time period have a parent or sibling with the condition aren’t physically active
  • have had gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or high triglycerides.

Visit our doctors at Peermed Benoni if you notice the following:

  • Feel sick to your stomach, weak, and very thirsty
  • Are peeing a lot
  • Have a bad belly ache
  • Are breathing more deeply and faster than normal
  • Have sweet breath that smells like nail polish remover (This is a sign of very high ketones.)