Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which an individual has high blood glucose levels either because insulin production is insufficient or because the body does not respond to insulin. In terms of numbers, diabetes affects about 24 million individuals in the U.S. but only an approximate 18 million are aware of their condition. Among these ninety percent of the affected suffer from type 2 diabetes.
The condition is often referred to as the silent killer as it has a number of generic symptoms that are often overlooked or are easy to miss. The only certain way to detect diabetes is by having a number of blood sugar tests taken since a single test is never enough on its own. However, if anyone feels that they may be suffering from some or all of these symptoms, then it is recommended to seek immediate medical help.
1. Urinating frequently and feeling excessively thirsty
If you experience the urge to urinate frequently, especially at night, it could be a possible sign of diabetes. With blood sugar levels peaking, the kidneys transfer into high gear to eliminate the excess glucose in the blood, urging you to urinate frequently. This is because the body becomes less efficient at breaking down food into sugar, so there is more sugar sitting in the bloodstream. The only solution is for the body to flush it out in the urine.
Urinating more than normal will also make the individual feel parched and may result in dehydration. Once a lot of fluid is lost from the body, it needs to be replenished quickly. Both symptoms of experiencing excessive thirst as well as urinating frequently go hand in hand and are a telltale sign of diabetes. The real red flag is whether the urge to urinate impacts your sleep; going once or twice for a bathroom break may be considered normal but if the same is interfering with the ability to get a good night’s sleep then, it is a symptom that deserves attention.
Diabetics can start feeling unusually thirsty due to other reasons as well. For instance, having such high sugar levels in the blood can often cause the mouth to become dry and increase thirst significantly. Once sugar levels are regulated, thirst will also return to normal.