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If You Have Diabetes, This Is When You'll Begin to Feel Symptoms

Doctor explains what to know about diabetes.

Just over 1 in 10 adults have diabetes—that's 34 million American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While diabetes isn't talked about as much as cancer or heart disease, it's a chronic disease that should be taken seriously. 

Dr. Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician tells Eat This, Not That! Health, "So many people have diabetes and don't even know it! Every year approximately five million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in adults in America alone!" Mitchell explains what the signs of diabetes are to watch out for and how to help prevent it. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had COVID.


When Does Someone Start Feeling the Signs of Diabetes?

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According to Dr. Mitchell, "If diabetes goes untreated, the diabetes patient's body will not properly use insulin. Sugar in the blood will build up, causing diabetes symptoms such as intense thirst, hunger, tiredness, blurry vision, and frequent urination. Diabetes most commonly occurs in adults over thirty years old; however, it can also occur in children if they are not active enough or have an unhealthy diet."


Common Causes of Diabetes

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Dr. Mitchell says, "The most common causes of diabetes are obesity and age. Also, there is a genetic component to diabetes. If diabetes runs in the family, then diabetes is that much more likely. Ideally, prediabetes should be picked up in routine blood work. However, by the time someone is officially diagnosed with this condition, the body is likely already feeling the effects of this severe illness."


Preventing Diabetes

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"Prevention of diabetes is something that everyone can do, no matter their age or health situation," Dr. Mitchell states. "Everyone should stay active and eat healthy foods. People at high risk for diabetes are obese or overweight, inactive, have diabetes in the family, and people over the age of forty."


Diabetes and Lifestyle Choices

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Dr. Mitchell explains, "Unhealthy lifestyle choices that put one at risk for developing diabetes include not exercising often, having poor eating habits, drinking alcohol excessively, smoking cigarettes regularly, taking illegal drugs like methamphetamine or people with diabetes have problems controlling their glucose levels. Glucose is an essential source of energy for cells, especially those in your brain. It's essential to control diabetes because it can cause serious health problems like diabetes if you don't. These include heart disease, nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), high blood pressure (hypertensive diabetes), and kidney failure (kidney diabetes). Uncontrolled diabetes can cause other harmful effects such as diabetic retinopathy, blindness; limb amputation; bacterial infections that start in the feet or legs; impotence (erectile dysfunction); and gum infections. Type 1 diabetes may also cause more infections than usual."


Diabetes Can Cause Severe Health Issues

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"Health issues caused by diabetes are blindness, heart failure, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, nerve disorders, amputations of feet or hands, and pregnancy complications," says Dr. Mitchell. "Diabetes can be a dangerous disease that can lead to life-threatening complications. Doctors usually treat diabetes with lifestyle changes such as changing eating habits and getting more exercise, or diabetes patients may need medication or insulin therapy. So many people have diabetes and don't even know it! Every year approximately five million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in adults in America alone! If you feel like you're experiencing diabetes symptoms, it would be best to see your doctor right. Diabetes is something to take very seriously because it can cause severe problems if not treated correctly. There are ways to prevent diabetes, such as making healthier lifestyle choices." And to ensure your health don't miss these 101 Health Habits You Didn't Know Were Deadly.

Heather Newgen
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